Government to ask for no changes to ceasefire deal

30 June 2015
Government to ask for no changes to ceasefire deal

Peace negotiators from the government and ethnic armed groups are likely to meet this week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in an effort to revive faltering talks on a nationwide ceasefire agreement, a senior adviser at the Myanmar Peace Centre said Monday, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on 30 June.
“Both sides are preparing to have an informal meeting which is tentatively set for Friday, 3 July in Chiang Mai,” U Hla Maung Shwe told The Global New Light of Myanmar, adding that the date of the meeting will be confirmed Thursday.
Union Minister U Aung Min, vice-chairman of the Union Peace-making Work Committee, will lead a government delegation, the MPC senior advisor said, adding that other members of the party have yet to be confirmed.
He said it is not clear whether the talks will involve the ethnic armed groups’ Nationwide Cease-fire Coordination Team or the new 15-member negotiating team appointed by the groups at the Law Khee Lah summit.
“The government side will ask for the final deal between the UPWC and NCCT to be approved with no changes at the meeting,” the MPC senior adviser said.
He said there was no need to debate the NCA draft further as the government had agreed to all previous demands from the ethnic armed groups.