Nay Pyi Taw open to request for new players in peace talks

01 May 2015
Nay Pyi Taw open to request for new players in peace talks
A government representative says new players could join the ceasefire negotiations. Photo: Arakan Army

Myanmar will consider including three ethnic armies currently fighting government troops in talks to sign a final nationwide cease-fire agreement if requested by the armed ethnic groups at the end of a six-day summit scheduled to begin May 1, reports Radio Free Asia April 30.
An official request through the Panghsang Summit to include the MNDAA, AA and TNLA in the process to finalize a draft NCA would be reviewed at the highest levels of the executive, government-affiliated Myanmar Peace Center advisor U Hla Maung Shwe told RFA’s Myanmar Service on April 30.
Representatives from 12 of the country’s armed ethnic groups will attend the May 1-6 conference at United Wa State Army (UWSA) headquarters in Shan state’s Panghsang township to try to end military conflicts with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Arakan Army (AA), and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) - to ensure they do not scuttle a preliminary peace deal. Representatives of all three ethnic armies will be in attendance at the summit.