Ex-president Thein Sein invited to attend second NCA anniversary

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win
Former President Thein Sein has been invited to attend a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signed between the then-government and eight ethnic armed groups.
 
The ceremony is due to take place at Myanmar International Convention Centre-1 in Nay Pyi Taw on October 15.
 
The NCA was signed in Nay Pyi Taw on October 15, 2015 during the Thein Sein government.
 
A delegation of the eight ethnic armed groups called on the former president on Monday and invited him to attend the event.
 
“We signed the agreement under his rule. We visited him as a token of respect because it was signed under his government,” Colonel Khun Okka, patron of Pao National Liberation Organisation (PNLO) said. “Our ethnic groups warmly welcome him. We made cooperation when the country was ruled by his government. This is why we invited him out of respect. He did not tell us whether he would attend or not. But there are two invitations for him. They are from us and from the government. But I think he will attend the ceremony where we all will gather again,” he said.
Thein Sein was also invited to the first anniversary but he did not attend.
 
“Generally, things are all okay. As the NCA is a joint partnership, the ceremony has to be held in cooperation between the government and our ethnic armed groups,” Khun Okka said.
 
He said they also had a plan to invite a political representative from the United Nations as UN special envoy Vijay Nambiar was also invited to the NCA signing ceremony.
 
The eight signatories to the NCA are Karen National Union (KNU), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, KNU/Karen National Liberation Army (PC), Restoration of Council of Shan State, PNLO, Chin National Front, Arakan Liberation Party and All Burma Students’ Democratic Front.
 
Translated by ST