The Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO) opened their first liaison office last Saturday after signing a ceasefire deal with the government last year.
The PNLO’s joint general-secretary 1 Khun Thurain said they struck a deal with the government last August to open three liaison offices in Taunggyi, Maukmai and Hsihseng in southern Shan state to improve their communication with the government.
He said the group hopes to be apart of the country’s reconciliation and peace making process in the future.
“If they keep pointing a finger at one another for every mistake and cling on to their own beliefs, I don’t think there’ll be a chance for peace – the civil war will likely rage on,” said Khun Thurain. “So the most righteous thing to do will be to negotiate and concede with each other since we live on the same land and drink the same water.”
The ceremony was held in the Shan state capital of Taunggyi.
The progenitor to the current PNLO was formed in 1949 following Burma’s independence from Britain. After factionalism divided the Shan Nationalities People Liberation Organisation, the group reunited in 2007 and was one of the founding members of the United Nationalities Federal Council.