Ye, 30 August

Party Chairman Nai Hantha called on the entire Mon people to make a concerted effort to maintain the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA), an armed wing of the New Mon State Party.

This request was expressed in a message sent by Nai Hanthar on August 29 to mark the 52nd anniversary of the establishment of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA), the veteran armed force of the Mon ethnic group.

He claimed, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. We didn’t get anything when I asked for the rights of the Mon people when there were no Mon forces”.

Also, our Mon people are overly focused on businesses, and Nai Hanthar advised them to reconsider and remember that they had lost a lot of their heritage, water, and land.

Therefore, the message urges the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) to support and encourage men and women to serve in their national army for a period of time.

The New Mon State Party has officially stated that it still adheres to the principle of dialogue in solving political problems, but the Nai Hanthar message does not mention the revolution triggered by the coup.

In 1970, the KNU, including the New Mon State Party, and former Prime Minister U Nu’s Parliamentary Democracy Party joined forces to form the Multi-Ethnic Independence and Liberation Army.

Following that, the New Mon State Party grew stronger with fresh troops, and the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) was formed on August 29, 1971.

The New Mon State Party was an ethnic armed organization that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) under the civilian government led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC) and the New Mon State Party have held talks at least six times in Nay Pyi Taw since the last military coup led by General Min Aung Hlaing.

News – Than Lwin Times

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