Min Naing Soe
Zaw Htay, Director-General of the State Counselor's Office and secretary of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), said that he will do his best to place 3 “Northern Alliance” groups such as Ta,ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Kokang's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Arakan Army (AA) under the umbrella of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
He said these words at a press brief held at Myanmar International Convention Center-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on July 15.
“As soon as the summit ends, the government will discuss with armed groups that are not NCA signatories within days. We will do our best to put these groups under NCA,” said Zaw Htay.
In the past, these northern forces showed no interest in signing the NCA but situation has changed. In the statement made by Wa armed group, it has urged the government to pressure the TNLA, MNDASA and AA to sign in the NCA.
The third session of the six-day Panglong Peace Conference kicked off on July 11 and the groups attended the conference until July 14.
The Northern Alliance includes Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP), Mongla's National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Kokang's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta,ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA). They did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) in 2015.
They attended the opening ceremony of the summit and dinner and met heads of State and senior military officials.
After the NCA was initiated in 2015, the current government of Myanmar held the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in August 2016 and May 2017. The third focused on points related to political, economic, social, security, and land and natural environment sectors, submitted by the UPDJC.
There are good prospects in meeting with the northern alliance armed forces and with optimistic view, he will carry out future plans, said Zaw Htay.