The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) formed by the eight ethnic armed groups that are signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) held a meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on November 14 and 15.
The meeting discussed the implementation of the NCA, the continued holding of political discussions and the peace process.
“The difficulty we still face is about the military. Its stance and position have not changed. How shall we seek ways forward? I feel that we still have different stances. But I am sure that their stance doesn’t change,” said PPST leader and Karen National Union (KNU) chairman General Saw Mutu Say Poe.
“Another thing is that we want to reform political dialogue processes. At today’s meeting, we need to discuss this, as the NCA we signed is two years old.”
The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee formed with three groups — government, NCA signatories and representatives of political parties — is due to hold a three-day meeting on amending the political dialogue framework ahead of the third Union Peace Conference-21 st Century Panglong beginning on November 17.
The NCA signatories are KNU, Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army, PaO National Liberation Organisation, Chin National Front, All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, KNU/KNLA-PC (Karen National Liberation Army-Peace Council), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and Arakan Liberation Party.
Translated by Soe Tint