“We understand that the government has a lot of issues to resolve, in particular the Arakan Crisis. However, the peace process should be its priority,” says Khun Okker.
DPN and govt agree on principles that would pave the way towards a nationwide ceasefire agreement and kick-starting the peace process.
Ceasefire groups urged Naypyidaw to facilitate “national-level political discussions” in Shan and Arakan states.
The seven militias say they have formed a committee to negotiate with the government, but will not discuss the NCA.
Several ethnic armed groups that are not signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) have decided they will not sign the accord and instead are looking to engage in alternative-track peace talks under the leadership of the United Wa State Army.
Ahead of talks with the government, UNFC vice-chairman Nai Hongsa reiterates the ethnic bloc’s demands.