The Government of Myanmar and ethnic armed groups agreed to form a joint committee to prepare for the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) during a meeting on Sunday in Yangon the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 21 September.
Both sides also reached an agreement in principle to allow additional ethnic armed groups, which have not yet signed the actual agreement, to attend the signing ceremony, which is scheduled to be inked during the first week of October.
A date for the signing will be discussed among ethnic armed groups during a three-day meeting from 28-30 September in the Thai city of Chiang Mai.
During the meeting, the UPWC was led by U Aung Min and UPWC member U Khin Zaw Oo, while the ethnic armed groups were represented by personnel from the Karen National Union, Pa-O National Liberation Organisation, the Arakan Liberation Party, the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, the National Democratic Alliance Army, KNU/KNLA-PC and the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front.
The Chin National Front and the Restoration Council of Shan State did not participate in the meeting, however representatives from the group will be part of the signing ceremony committee, according to the Myanmar Peace Centre.