Government Peace Commission to meet Wa and Mongla groups

05 October 2017
Government Peace Commission to meet Wa and Mongla groups
Peace Commission member Aung Soe. Photo: Thura/Mizzima

The government’s Peace Commission (PC), will reportedly meet with United Wa State Party (UWSP) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) in their controlled areas after October 10 or after Thadingyut festival.
PC member Aung Soe told Mizzima, “We don’t know yet when and who will visit. Our leaders are still coordinating.”
The source close to PC said that the meeting would take place in Pangshang of UWSP and Mongla of NDAA. PC members Aung Soe, Thein Zaw and Khin Zaw Oo would be likely included in the peace delegation and the main agenda would be development projects in these areas, the source added.
Aung Soe also said on September 25 that the government’s peace delegation had no plan yet to meet the Federal Peace Negotiation Consultative Committee (FPNCC) which consists of seven northern ethnic armed groups including the Wa and Mongla.
“We are trying hard to meet other remaining groups by various means. We are planning to meet northern alliance groups and we are also trying to meet these groups individually. We will meet these northern alliance groups separately too. In these northern alliance groups, some ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) have not yet signed ceasefire agreement so we will meet such organizations too but we don’t have a plan yet to meet all of them altogether,” Aung Soe said.
FPNCC is chaired by UWSP and consists of NDAA, Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Arakan Army (AA) and Kokang group officially called ‘Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army’ (MNDAA).