Mawlamyine, 13 October
The three ethnic armed organizations, the Karen National Union (KNU), Chin National Front (CNF), and All Burma Students’ Union, that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), released a joint statement on October 12, stressing that there will be no further dialogue until the military exists from politics.
The three-armed groups said that the coup destroyed the NCA’s principles and objectives, invalidated the 2008 constitution, and halted the NCA-based processes and dialogue.
In addition, the military council’s attacks targeting civilians further cemented the nullity of the NCA treaty and highlighted the military’s abandonment of peaceful solutions, the joint statement said.
It also stated that conducting mock talks based on the NCA agreement and constitutional amendment talks as if the constitution is still in effect deepens and prolongs the country’s crisis and conflict.
According to the statement, the KNU, CNF, and ABSDF have developed five common political goals and six common political stances on the establishment of a federal democratic union for the current political situation.
The five common political goals include ending the military’s involvement in politics, reorganizing the military and placing it under the administration of an elected civilian government, enacting a new federal and democratic constitution, and seeking justice for victims of conflict.
The military regime needs to accept common political goals, and there will be no dialogue unless the violence against the people ends, the joint statement said.
In addition, the statement clearly said that those who participate in politics want system change but will not accept a new military dictatorship or a dictatorial civilian government, nor will they accept the distribution of power by the politically privileged.
The KNU, CNF, and ABSDF are ethnic armed forces that have been fighting against the military council along with revolutionary forces including the People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) after the military coup.
News – Than Lwin Times
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