Wa tin likely ends up in an array of products made by US and other international companies, says a new Reuters report.
It was regrettable to have walked out of the Union Peace Conference yesterday but we felt discriminated against, said the leading delegate of the UWSA.
It was always going to be a hard task in bringing the Wa leaders to the negotiating table. But when they finally did arrive, they did not stay long.
The Wa National Organisation claims it had cut ties with its former deputy-chairman, Ta Maha, who is currently being held by Thai police on drug charges.
“The ethnic leaders delightfully accepted our invitation,” said Khin Zaw Oo, one of the government negotiators tasked with liaising with ethnic armed groups.
The Burmese government’s new chief peace negotiator, Tin Myo Win, is expected to meet in the near future with two of the non-signatories to the ceasefire.