KNPP to discuss with the government for an all-inclusive ceasefire

The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) will discuss with Burma's government ways that all ethnic armed groups can be included in the nationwide ceasefire and peace process, a senior official from the KNPP tells the Shan Herald.

 The KNPP, held a meeting at its headquarters with top-ranking leaders on the subject of future peace talks with the new government. It was decided at this meeting that the KNPP would continue to advocate for an all-inclusive peace process, the KNPP’s Secretary (2) U Shwe Myo Thant said.

“The policy hasn’t changed. We will continue to cooperate with the UNFC [United Nationalities Federal Council], which is a coalition of ethnic armed groups. We have decided to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement only when everyone is included,” explained U Shwe Myo Thant.

During the meeting held at the KNPP’s headquarters on the Thai-Burmese border, Khu Oo Reh the KNPP's Vice Chairman and Commander-in-Chief Gen Bee Htoo were selected to lead the negotiations with the government.

Under the leadership of the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese government is planning on holding a 21st Century Panglong Conference. The government’s Peace Committee plans to meet with ethnic armed groups that still have not signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Only eight ethnic armed groups have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the previous Thein Sein administration. A number of other armed groups have refused to sign it citing the government's failure to include other groups.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Burma Forces Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing has said the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Arakan Army (AA), and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army/ Palaung State Liberation Front (TNLA/PSLF) need to disarm first before beginning peace talks.


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