Ceasefire discussions to be held on Sunday

18 September 2015
Ceasefire discussions to be held on Sunday
Members of the Myanmar Union peace-making work committee and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) during nationwide ceasefire meeting at Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) in Yangon on 14 September 2015. Photo: Hein Ko Soe/Mizzima

The government has invited 15 ethnic armed organisations to attend a meeting on Sunday to discuss setting a date for the signing of the national ceasefire agreement, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 17 September quoting an official from the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC).
U Hla Maung Shwe, senior adviser at the MPC, told The Global New Light of Myanmar on Thursday that the ethnic armed groups who will ink the pact are likely to be confirmed following Sunday’s meeting. He said that is confident that at least 10 groups will sign the peace deal. The 15 groups invited to Sunday’s meeting are those which President U Thein Sein has invited to join the signing of the peace deal, which is tentatively set for early October. During high level talks in Nay Pyi Taw last week, the president reiterated the government’s policy of initially signing the deal with the 15 groups with whom it has already reached bilateral agreements.
According to sources, the ethnic armed groups’ senior delegation began a two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday to discuss which groups wish to be signatories to the ceasefire.