The government extended an invitation to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang to join next month’s Union Peace Conference.
Both meetings had been scheduled as preparatory discussions to a round of national-level political dialogue due to begin next month in Langkho, southern Shan State.
“Grassroots groups know what is happening in their area. Often the authorities do not,” said Ashin Awe Bar Tha.
“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.
Aung Kyi, the head of the Peace Commission, told DVB that they hoped the ethnic rebel alliance would be “involved in the peace process very soon”.
DPN and govt agree on principles that would pave the way towards a nationwide ceasefire agreement and kick-starting the peace process.