UN special envoy calls on ethnic leaders to get ceasefire, political dialogue started as soon as possible

Mr. Vijay Nambiar, UNSG’s special adviser on Myanmar, addresses opening of a conference of ethnic armed organizations in Law Khee Lar, Kayin State on Tuesday.
Mr. Vijay Nambiar, UNSG’s special adviser on Myanmar, addresses opening of a conference of ethnic armed organizations in Law Khee Lar, Kayin State on Tuesday.

Real trust and progress in Myanmar can be brought about by ethnic rebel leaders jointly implementing a ceasefire accord with the government and starting a credible political dialogue, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special adviser on Myanmar, said Tuesday.
Calling on the ethnic leaders to negotiate a ceasefire and political dialogue as soon as possible in his speech delivered at the opening of the Ethnic Armed Organizations Summit, Nambiar  pointed out that a nationwide ceasefire is only the first step and political dialogue is the only way forward in Myanmar.
“The success of reforms in Myanmar will depend on a sustained peace in the country. Every transition is deeply difficult and fraught with setbacks, but we cannot wait until everything is perfect. We cannot allow the best to become the enemy of the good. If we do that we may get neither peace nor democracy”, he said.
“The simple point is that the future of Myanmar rests in your hands”, he added .
Nambiar continued, “The current government has made some promises that have long been asked for by ethnic groups as well as by the international community. Only by starting the process of a political dialogue can we begin to see if these promises can be delivered.”
Nambiar also expressed the view that if the process can be started before the elections and with the support of the international community, there is a greater possibility of ensuring that  the post-election government  will be willing to commit to it.
With the participation of most ethnic armed groups and observers including from the UN and the People’s Republic of China, the five-day summit from 2 June is taking place at Law Khee Lar in Kayin State to seek final approval of a draft peace deal approved by the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, a coalition of 16 ethnic armed groups, and Union Peace-Making Work Committee, the government’s negotiating team, late March in Yangon.

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