Why Aung San Suu Kyi did not sign the NCA

08 December 2015
Why Aung San Suu Kyi did not sign the NCA
Suu Kyi's NLD takes issue with the NCA. Photo: Mizzima

National League for Democracy (NLD) party MP Dr May Win Myint gave three reasons for not signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) by her party at the parliamentary debate on this NCA proposal sent by the President to parliament for its ratification in the December 7 parliament session. 
“Our NLD Chairperson didn’t sign on this NCA. The main reason behind not signing this agreement is its failure to cover the entire nation and it is in the nature of partial coverage only. And another reason is it can likely create misunderstanding among signatory organizations and non-signatory organizations and the last reason is the government may likely exert pressure on non-signatory armed organizations,” Dr May Win Myint said. 
She said that there were some ethnic armed organizations which were yet to sign the NCA and some were not invited to sign on this NCA so that it could not be said to be nationwide as is claimed.  
However, her party recognized and acknowledged the great efforts and endeavours made by the Tatmadaw or armed forces, government, and all ethnic armed organizations in realization of this NCA, she added. 
She suggested to parliament that the government and Tatmadaw should welcome all non-signatory organizations broadmindedly in the spirit of understanding the political will of these ethnic armed organizations based on their revolution and efforts to find unity.  
The government, Tatmadaw and eight ethnic armed organizations signed the NCA on October 15 in Nay Pyi Taw and it was witnessed and signed also by representatives from home and abroad.