Military leader hoping to reach agreement with EAOs engaged in peace talks

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Yanong, November (15)

The military coup’s leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, anticipated that a peace deal with the ethnic armed groups may be achieved in December.

The military leader said at a meeting held on November 11 that the ethnic armed groups he met with had the attitude of wanting to walk on the path of peace.

On the other hand, there is still no indication that some of the ethnic armed groups will sign an agreement separately, and the ten ethnic armed groups have not yet been invited to the third round of peace talks.

Colonel Sein Win, the spokesperson for the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), said, “Before, we proposed our position on the political scene. However, in Karen State, the DKBA area, PC area and KNU area are not separate, so it is not convenient to discuss with them separately. The main thing is that KNU and the rest of the Karen armed groups in Karen State can move forward only if they agree. We haven’t seen a scene where we can sign a separate agreement”.

The military leader said that peace talks with ethnic armed groups are based on the 2008 Constitution and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

The Peace Process Steering Team’s (PPST) spokesperson, Colonel Saw Kyaw Nyunt, said that only the result of consultation involving all stakeholders can fully implement Union Peace.

However, he admits that the necessary political dialogues and a meaningful political landscape involving all stakeholders to build democracy and federalism that will overcome the crisis in Myanmar have not yet been implemented.

The Pao National Liberation Organization (PNLO) Spokesperson, Major Khun Min Thein remarked, “The military council said it will hold peace talks again in December, but now it’s November.  They still haven’t invited us to the peace talks. We haven’t discussed in our organization whether we will go to that meeting or not”.

Until now, the military council has held peace talks twice with seven NCA-signatories and three non-NCA signatories.

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) 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 on the 9th and 10th of November.

The military council hopes to meet with ethnic armed organizations in December to reach a peace agreement, but conflict is still raging throughout the country.

Political analysts argue that because the current period does not have a democratic system, the outcome of the peace talks between the military council and the ten EAOs will not result in a democratic consensus and will not solve the political issue.

News-Than Lwin Times

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