Difficult to negotiate with pro-secession armed groups:Govt

Writer: 
EMG

The government has difficulty negotiating with the ethnic armed groups wishing to secede from the union, and they will be entitled to the signatories of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) only if they discard their concept of secession, said President Office spokesperson Zaw Htay.

Zaw Htay made the remark in response to a media question over NSCN-K (National Socialist Council of Nagaland) during a press conference after the third-day session of the third round of the Union Peace Conference.

"NSCN-K needs to make it clear. We offered to sign the NCA. But they didn't. Its background is a bit complicated. They asked the government to attend this conference as an observer. We didn't invite it," said Zaw Htay. "We cannot accept secession from the union. We will have difficulty discussing with those ethnic groups who intend to secede. In the past, we made discussions with NSCN-K. Now, we have some contacts with it. But it is not like NCA-related talks.

NSCN-K members attended the Union Peace Conference also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference held from July 11 to 16 in Nay Pyi Taw, as observers.

Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee secretariat member Hla Maung Shwe said the Peace Commission met with NSCN-K on July 12 and explained the government's stances.

NSCN-K signed a state level temporary ceasefire agreement with the government on April 9, 2012.