Mawlamyine, November (12)

According to ethnic affairs experts, the New Mon State Party’s third round of peace talks with the military council are just to avoid fighting, and if they want to avoid fighting, they should consider other options.

On November 9 and 10, the New Mon Party (NMSP) met with the Military Council’s peace negotiation team in Nay Pyi Taw, amid opposition from Mon organizations and Mon youth.

The delegation, led by NMSP Vice Chairman Nai Aung Min, met with Gen Yar Pyae, Chairman of the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC), and members.

Dr. Pyinnar Mon, an ethnic affairs analyst, stated that the New Mon State Party’s meeting with the Military Council is merely to prevent a confrontation, and that if they want to avoid conflict, they should find alternate options.

The attendees discussed the list of Union legislation (Table 1), the list of region or state legislation (Table 2) in the 2008 Constitution, which remains to be discussed, and the findings on the agreements included in Parts I, II, and III of the Union Accord as well as regional development.

The 10 Mon organizations involved in Mon politics sent an open letter to the NMSP on September 16 not to meet again since the peace talks held by the military council were just a fake, and the Mon people expressed their opinion in a survey that the New Mon Party should not discuss with the military council.

But, the New Mon State Party (NMSP) met with the coup military council for the third time and was the armed organization that met with the military council the most.

Dr. Sai Kyi Zin Soe, a political analyst, criticizes the NMSP as saying that the peace discussions with the military council are simply for self-interest and that it will be unable to implement the expectations of all ethnic organizations.

Furthermore, he stated that because the current period does not have a democratic system, the outcome of negotiations with the military dictators will not be a democratic settlement.

Than Lwin Times tried at least five times to reach the officials of The New Mon for comment regarding the third round of peace talks with the military council, but no response was received.

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