UPWC, KIO commit to achieving nationwide ceasefire

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham greets Maj-Gen Guan Maw of KIO at negotiation table.—Photo: Aye Min Soe
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham greets Maj-Gen Guan Maw of KIO at negotiation table.—Photo: Aye Min Soe

Nay Pyi Taw, 15 March — Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham, the chairman of the Union Peace-making Work Committee, and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), sat at the negotiation table Sunday, pledging to continue political dialogues till both sides achieve success in making a nationwide ceasefire.
In his address at the talks, Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham expressed his delight for achievements in building trust between the government and KIO, urging KIO to continue to make its efforts with patience and far-sighted vision making the best use of current achievements to reach the goal of an eternal peace of the country as it is within the arm’s length.
Regarding today’s talks, U Aung Min, Vice Chairman of the UPWC, said it is significant that the vice president sat at the negotiation table face to face with KIO for the first time and the KIO delegation comprises both representatives from political and military wings.
The talks is considered as a step forward taken by both sides to ending more than six decades-long armed conflicts, U Aung Min said.
Dr La Ja, General Secretary of KIO, said in his opening remarks at the talks that the delegation will relax the stalled peace process in attempts to carry out peace process swiftly.
Both sides have committed to achieving a national ceasefire agreement, said Maj-Gen Guan Maw of the Kachin Independence Army and the second leader-2 of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team.
The eight-member KIO delegation has also demanded to meet the top leaders of the Tatmadaw (Defence Services) during their stay in Nay Pyi Taw, he added.
The UPWC and the NCCT which represents 16 ethnic armed groups will meet in Yangon on Tuesday for 7th time, according to U Aung Min.
Regarding the current fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kokang renegade insurgents, Maj-Gen Guan Maw said he believed that it is needed to work with the Kokang group through political means because the Kokang group is a member of the NCCT.—GNLM

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