Military chief sets precondition for peace talks

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Nay Pyi Taw, 18 October

Military council would like to hold peace talks with those who refrain from harming the Three Main National Causes or the implementation of the multiparty democratic system, said its chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

On October 16, he made the statement while receiving NCA-signatory ethnic armed groups who attended the 8th NCA celebration in Nay Pyi Taw.

However, junta chief Min Aung Hlaing did not reveal which organization he was referring to.

The Three Main National Causes are national policies of non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity, and perpetuation of national sovereignty.

“If the military council does not follow KNU’s political goals, we will not consider holding peace talks at all,” Pado Saw Tony, spokesperson for the Karen National Union (KNU), told Than Lwin Times.

In the past few days, the anti-regime resistance forces Chin National Front (CNF) and All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) have issued a joint statement with a common political position that there will be no dialogue until the army exists politics.

The joint statement said that the actions of the military council, which carry out targeted attacks against civilians, further strengthen the invalidity of the NCA and reflect the military’s refusal to use peaceful means of negotiation.

According to the junta chief, all stakeholders must work with the same purpose for the sake of the country and collaborate for national and regional stability.

Veteran politician U Pe Than said, “The military council has a responsibility to discuss with any organizations who harm the Three Main National Causes or not, and the current statement implies that there will be no more peace talks.”

The military council has been committing numerous human rights violations and targeted attacks on civilians who oppose them since they forcibly seized power.

On the other hand, the outnumbered regime troops extend their military presence across the country to crack down on ethnic armed organizations and the People’s Defense Forces PDF, which are engaging in the revolution.

In this situation, junta chief Min Aung Hlaing invited the ethnic armed organizations that have not yet signed the NCA to the peace talks.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: MOI

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