Military chief meets leaders from northern alliance

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing greets Maj-Gen Gwan Maw from KIA (Photo- Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’s Facebook page)

 

Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met leaders from northern alliance, that hasn’t signed nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) yet, at Nay Pyi Taw on July 11, according to announcement from Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.

They are from United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA), National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP/SSA) and Kachin Independent Army (KIO/KIA).

Seven members of the northern alliance, with the guarantee of China for their safety, arrived in Nay Pyi Taw to attend third meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference starting from July 11.

In the announcement, it said the Senior General expressed his delight in exchanging views with the ethnic nationals. He said that Myanmar is pursuing democracy and anyone needs to act in accord with democratic practices. In so doing, all must work in concert. The State is like a parent, and the army and ethnic armed groups like its children. All must work together through thick and thin in building up a Union based on democracy and federalism.

They then cordially discussed the signing of the NCA and achieving of progress in the peace process through peace talks.

Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win received delegates from Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), which are also the members of the northern alliance, at Bayintnaung Parlour on July 1. They discussed issues related with the NCA, mutual trust and peace.

Northern alliance often said they don’t accept the NCA and the Senior General said all ethnic armed groups need to sign it.

Maj-Gen Gwan Maw from the KIA replied to the media that the KIA is hoping to restore communication between two sides in related with peace issue.

He said, “We have no different idea for that. We only attended the opening ceremony of 21st Century Panglong Conference and dinner. We will continue to make negotiation. The Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) will first need to discuss with the government to sign the NCA or not. After that, we will know whether we can sign the NCA or not.”