Kachinland News: Ethnic Leaders Discuss Govt Nationwide Ceasefire Proposal


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Ethnic leaders discussed Burmese government’s proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement on the second day of the first ever ethnic armed organizations conference in Laiza on Oct 31. This historic ethnic armed organizations conference brought together a wide range of ethnic stakeholders from the whole Burma for the first time in more than half a century.

Two proposed models, one proposed by United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and another by Working Group for Ethnic Coordination (WGEC) led by KNU and RCSS, for the framework for nationwide ceasefire agreement and political dialogue were discussed in the meeting. It is expected that ethnic leaders will announce their common position on nationwide ceasefire agreement at the end of the meeting.

During the opening ceremony yesterday, KIO Chairman Lanyaw Zawng Hra said this conference is held to establish guidelines and principles for political process and dialogues. Zawng Hra said he hopes Laiza conference will achieve a collective stand for all ethnic nationalities. He said, “Leaders of ethnic armed organizations will make right decisions as they have many years of experiences”.

KNU Chairman General Mutu Say Po said a concrete result can only achieve by finding solutions to political problems. He said ethnic nationalities come together from different places and backgrounds, so they may have different opinions. He urged all ethnic nationalities to undertake a concerted effort to unite for a common goal.

KIO’s Vice Chairman and UNFC Chairman Lt. Gen. Nban La warned ethnic leaders not to forget previous ceasefire agreements of the 1990s that had led nowhere. He said it is wrong to think shallow political changes will bring development.

The conference is attended by representatives of 17 armed ethnic organizations, KIO, ALP, ANC, LDU, WNO, ARAKAN ARMY, PSLF/T.N.L.A, CNF, SSPP/SSA, DKBA, DKBA.KLLT.Kayan Pyitit, KNU, NMSP, KNLA(PC), KNPP, PNLO, RCSS/SSA and UNFC, an alliance of ethnic armed organizations.