Ethnic civil rights groups echo UN special adviser Vijay Nambiar’s sentiment that this week’s round of peace talks in Myitkyina between ethnic groups and the Burmese government were fruitful and bode well for the future.
A multi-ethnic conference kicked off on Wednesday in the Kachin rebel headquarters Laiza, where representatives from Burma’s ethnic rebel groups are gathering to discuss a government proposed nationwide ceasefire.
It is apparent that there still remains a different priority and level of importance between the KIO and the Burmese government for a nationwide ceasefire agreement and political dialogue.
The Karen National Union and the Shan State Army- South express optimism that a nationwide ceasefire can be reached.
Concluding preliminary talks with a govt delegation in Myitkyina, a Kachin army spokesman says it will attend talks next week but is unsure whether a ceasefire will be signed.
The Kachin peace activists perceived that the Elders were anything but attentive to what they had to say as they seemed predisposed to the narrative provided by government officials and the Myanmar Peace Center.