The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the junta have, during Min Aung Hlaing’s “peace talks”, come to an agreement to draft a “state constitution for equality and self-determination” and a “constitution for the establishment of a federal union”, according to NMSP spokesman Naing Aung Ma Ngay.
“We requested [the junta] work quickly to draft a state constitution. We also asked that other ethnic groups be allowed to freely discuss the drafting of the national constitution. The commander-in-chief agreed with this,” he told DVB.
The NMSP is the second EAO to meet Min Aung Hlaing after he appealed to all of Burma’s armed groups to attend in person talks. The elder statesman of prominent Shan EAO the RCSS, Yawd Serk, made similar remarks following his own discussions with the coup leader last week.
Min Aung Hlaing is also said to have explained his justification for the coup, and discussed upcoming 2023 elections. The Mon armed group says it recommended that all stakeholders should be involved and consulted to find a solution to the current political crisis.
State media has not yet released detailed information on the meeting with the NMSP, which came after objections were raised by Mon student and civil society groups.
The NMSP is a signatory of the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) that was signed on February 12, 2018, under the NLD administration. The EAO had maintained a relatively neutral stance following the coup. A Mon political grouping, The Mon Unity Party, joined hands with the SAC shortly after the coup.