State Counsellor meets ethnic armed groups

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meeting with representatives of the signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Photo: MNA
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meeting with representatives of the signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the Peace Process Steering Team-PPST of the signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement discussed yesterday jointly reviewing the implementation of the NCA and resuming UPDJC meetings.
At the meeting, the State Counsellor expressed her delight for the open discussion with the delegation and thanked to the ethnic armed groups for their support of the government’s handling on Rakhine issue. She also stressed the need for unity of all the people of the country, warning that the country would be put under pressure and bullied by others if there was no unity in the country. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also stressed the importance of unity and solidarity for the union, urging the ethnic armed groups to cooperate in the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine-UEHRD.
Khun Okka, Patron of Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO), said they supported the Union Government’s declaration of the ARSA as terrorist organization.
PNLO is standing with the Union Government and the Tatmadaw regarding the accusations of international communities over the Rakhine issue.
Khun Okka also disclosed that they (ethnic armed groups) rejected some attempts made by non-ethnic group to become a member of the group of ethnic armed groups.
Afterwards, on behalf of the signatories to the NCA, U Saw Mutu Saepo, Chairman of Karen National Union, urged all participants of the meeting to continue to march to the goal of peace with mutual understanding and tolerance.
The meeting was also attended by Union Ministers U Kyaw Tint Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Nai Thet Lwin, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Yar Pyai, Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Tin, members of the Peace Process Steering Team-PPST U Yawd Serk, Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong of the Chin National Front, Naw Kapaw Htoo, member of the central committee of the Karen National Liberation Army (Peace Council), Khaing Soe Naing Aung, Vice-Chairman of the Rakhine Liberation Party, Than Gae, Chairman of the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), and Saw Mo Shae, Chairman of Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (KKO) and Pado Saw Khwe Htoo Win, leader of the PPWT of KNU.—Myanmar News Agency

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