Military leader to allow EAOs who want to keep arms to join army and BGF

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Nay Pyi Taw, August (24)

According to military leader General Min Aung Hlaing, Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) would be permitted to join the army and border guard forces if they continue to take up arms.

On August 22, at a meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw, the military leader talked about the issues that will be dealt with after the signing of the NCA.

However, if ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) have harmed the people, the military council must act in accordance with the law if the victims request it, the military leader said.

Colonel Saw Kyaw Nyunt, spokesperson for the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST), noted that the military leader’s statement was an expression of his desire, but it was a sensitive issue.

Than Lwin Times attempted at least five times to reach the spokespersons of NCA-signatories : the New Mon State Party (NMSP) , Pao National Liberation Organization (PNLO), and the Arakan State Liberation Party (ALP), but in vain.

The coup leader says it is holding peace talks with the EAOs based on the 2008 Constitution and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

General Min Aung Hlaing persuaded that, the EAOs will be able to discuss the issue of ethnic rights and regional rights in the parliament, which is a political stage, after signing the NCA, and if they want to do business, the military will help you to carry out legal activities.

So far, seven of the ten NCA-signatories and three non-NCA-signatories have held peace talks with the military council for the first time.

Among the seven NCA-signatories, Pao National Liberation Organization (PNLO), Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) have been holding peace talks with the military council for the second time since August 22.

News – Than Lwin Times

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