Seventh meeting between UPWC and NCCT contributes to ceasefire agreement

Representatives of UPWC and NCCT hold a press conference on March 18  at Myanmar Peace Centre after their seventh meeting on nationwide ceasefire agreement.—Pho Htaung
Representatives of UPWC and NCCT hold a press conference on March 18 at Myanmar Peace Centre after their seventh meeting on nationwide ceasefire agreement.—Pho Htaung

Yangon, 18 March — The seventh meeting between the Union Peace-making Working Committee and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team was a favourable step towards nationwide ceasefire agreement to end armed conflicts, leaders of both sides told the media at the Myanmar Peace Centre on 18 March.
One of the members of NCCT Col Khun Okka said that the seventh meeting for nationwide ceasefire agreement was a brighter prospect for ending conflicts in the entire nation as union leaders met with northern armed group leaders and it was an arrangement to prevent what happened in September, he added.
The sixth meeting between the UPWC and the NCCT resulted in differences on the nation-wide ceasefire agreement and the negotiations were delayed for five to six months.
Both sides have been prepared to realize the conditions required for the nationwide ceasefire agreement at the seventh meeting of the two sides, the second leader of the NCCT, Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win was quoted as saying to the media.
U Hla Maung Shwe of the technical supporting team said that the two-day meeting between the two sides was not likely to clear everything that hindered the process in the past. Only a few things in principle left to be discussed for the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. In the coming days, leaders of both sides will reach an agreement as they have already passed two days of negotiations.
The KIO delegation also met with President U Thein Sein, Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on 15 and 16 March for the first time.
If trust can be built between KIO and the government can be built, this will contribute much to the nationwide ceasefire agreement being negotiated by the UPWC and the NCCT, according to Leader of the NCCT U Naing Han Tha. — Ye Khoung Nyunt, Myat Thanda Maung

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