Myanmar govt holds peace talks with RCSS/SSA

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win
Government and RCSS/SSA representatives meet in Nay Pyi Taw.

The Myanmar government held a coordination meeting on the peace process with the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.

The RCSS/SSA is a signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

According to a press release issued after the meeting, the discussion focused on the country's peace processes, regional development, economic affairs, combating narcotic drugs and other general matters.

The government representatives were NRPC vice chair and Union Minister at the State Counsellor Office Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye, National Security Adviser to the government Thaung Tun, Peace Commission vice chairman Thein Zaw and Secretary Khin Zaw Oo, chairman of Union Level Joint Monitoring Committee Lieutenant General Yar Pyae, Deputy Minister at the President Office Min Thu, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Major General Than Htut and Deputy Minister at the State Counsellor Office Khin Maung Tin and Director General Zaw Htay.

The representatives from the RCSS/SSA side were RCSS chairman General Yawd Serk, secretary Colonel Sai Ngin, CEC members and senior officials.

The meeting began at 11am and lasted two hours.

Out of the eight ethnic groups that have signed the NCA, RCSS/SSA still has occasional clashes with the Myanmar military.

RCSS officials commented that those clashes broke out due to a lack of precise territorial boundaries and the military's failure to contact liaison offices. They also believe the military is influencing the Joint Monitoring Committee tasked with monitoring potential clashes. The RCSS is reportedly willing to form a third party in order to monitor ceasefire.