Published on Monday, 23 September 2013 21:25
KIO/KIA delegation attending the peace talks in May in Kachin State (Photo - EMG)
A military code of conduct must be included when drafting a ceasefire agreement between the government and ethnic armed groups, says a member of the Chin National Front’s supreme council.
“There have been a few skirmishes in the areas that have agreed to ceasefires. Both sides need to agree on including a military code of conduct when signing the ceasefire agreement, in order to prevent these minor conflicts from occurring,” said the CNF’s Salai Lian Hmung.
“The military code of conduct is really essential. If we don't have this, we will face conflicts in one place or another. We can’t only look at the Kachin.”
During a seminar on trust-building for peace held in Shan state’s capital Taunggyi on Saturday, Minister Aung Min, vice chairman of the Union Peacemaking Work Committee, said that the government has signed 37 union-level ceasefire agreements with 14 ethnic armed groups and is still in discussions with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta'ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA).
Fighting between the government and the KIO resumed in 2011 after a 17-year-old ceasefire agreement broke down. The government has been trying to sign a new ceasefire agreement with the KIO but the fighting continues between the two sides. The KIO has said that they want to give priority to political dialogue rather than a ceasefire.
“The Kachin [KIO] has already signed a ceasefire agreement with the government. As it has been a while since the agreement was signed, it would be better for [both sides] to review the situation and work towards a nationwide peace now,” Salai Lian Hmung continued.
“As the government is pressuring them to sign a new ceasefire agreement, from their side, they may think ‘How can we trust them if they won’t recognize the ceasefire agreement that we signed with sincerity?’….It doesn’t make sense to hold a nationwide ceasefire [ceremony] without the Kachin. It can only be done after including everyone.”
Although the government’s Peacemaking Work Committee and the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) held discussions in July to sign ceasefire agreements, there have been skirmishes between the two sides.
The government is planning to organise a nationwide ceasefire agreement ceremony at the end of October and will invite all 16 ethnic troops. The government and the KIO have agreed in principle to hold a union-level discussion in Myitkyina around the first week of October, according to Aung Min.
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