UWSP only listens to the junta’s discussion on elections and constitutional reform; it makes no comments

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Nay Pyi Taw, January (10)

The United Wa State Party (UWSP) said they just went to listen to the talks on the presentation of general election and the 2008 constitutional amendment by the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC) and did not make any comments on it.

The three ethnic armed groups which did not signed NCA – the United Wa State Party (UWSP),the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) and the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) held three-day peace talks with the NSPNC in Nay Pyi Taw from January 5 to 7.

The military council announced that they discussed and negotiated the political preferences of various groups to amend the basic articles of the constitution in order to build a union based on democracy and federalism.

The two sides discussed their views again during the three-day negotiations, and final agreements were signed and exchanged, the military council reported on January 7.

However, the military council did not release a clear report on what points were agreed upon.

According to UWSP’s Lashio Liaison Officer, U Nyi Yang, they presented and discussed local development issues, but he did not comment and merely listened to the presentation of the military council’s election and constitutional amendment.

The UWSP attended the military leader’s peace talks for the first time at the end of May last year and asked for permission to establish a self-administered Wa State.

Similarly, the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA/Mong La) attended the peace talks in the first week of June and the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) in the first week of August, respectively.

The three non-NCA signatories met with military leader General Min Aung Hlaing for the second time on September 26 last year, and the military council agreed in principle to designate Wa province and Mong La Autonomous Region.

The seven NCA-signatories and three non-NCA signatories attended the peace talks, that were invited by the military council, two times until the end of September, and in late December, the five NCA-signatories attended for the third time.

News-Than Lwin Times

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