Mawlamyine, October (12)

While Mon organizations are asking the New Mon State Party not to hold peace talks with the military council again, the Mon youth criticized the party’s second peace talks with the military leader as disrespecting the attitude of the people.

The military council announced that a group led by the vice-chairman of the New Mon Stage Party, Naing Aung Min, met with the military leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, in Nay Pyi Taw on October 10.

A Mon youth criticized the New Mon State Party for persuading the military council not to wage a war within the state, and saying that no solution would come out regarding political affairs.

In addition, he added that there is no hope because the military council can only agree in principle to draft the constitution of Mon state and build a federal union, and the final decision will be made only at the next Hluttaw.

In a survey conducted in September, 91 percent of the more than 730 respondents answered that the New Mon State Party (NMSP) should not attend the peace talks invited by the Military Council.

The 10 Mon organizations related to Mon politics also sent an open letter on September 16, noting that the peace talks held by the military council were fake and held to gain legitimacy and to find a political escape.

A young Mon also said that he did not want the New Mon State Party to meet with the military council and wanted it to work together with other ethnic groups to revolutionize the dictators.

Currently, six ethnic armed groups that have signed a NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) and three ethnic armed groups that have not yet signed a NCA have attended the second peace talks of the Military Council.

The New Mon Party said that in the first peace talks with the military council, they were able to sign seven points of agreement, including points to strengthen a multi-party democratic system, to transform from a multi-party democratic system to a Federal Union, and to deal with Mon affairs, and so on.

The Than Lwin Times contacted a New Mon State Party official several times about the second peace meeting with the military council, but received no response.

News – Than Lwin Times

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