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Peace Process Steering Team-PPST holds meeting

July 2, 2017
Peace Process Steering TeamPPST of the eight signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement held a meeting in Chiangmai in Thailand from 28 June to 2 July. After the meeting, the team released an announcement at the press meet.

The press release said the ethnic-wise, region-wise and subject-wise national level political dialogues, work committee meetings, the second session of the Union peace Conference: the 21st Century Panglong and the advantages and disadvantages of the whole peace process including challenges could be reviewed.

According to the review, the important points including the role of the ethnic states, sharing of power between the Union and the states, and the joint implementation of the peace agreements which are the main ethnic characteristics must be discussed.

The differences among the government, the Tatmadaw and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Signatory Ethnic Armed Organizations (NCA-S EAO) in their interpretation and understanding of the NCA were noticed. There was effectiveness in observing and implementing the basic principles, views and pledges in connection with the NCA.

But there were weaknesses in the part of freedom, equality and justice.

The broadening of the peace process was agreed with the aim of achieving greater success in the peace process including the work of implementing the NCA and strengthening views and stance of NCA-S EAO groups.

In view of internal peace and national reconciliation, the PPST will realize a true federal democracy aspired by the entire people through the negotiations of the stakeholders within the scope of the NCP process. The eight signatories to the NCA are Karen National Union-KNU, KNU/Karen National Liberation Army (Peace Council), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, Chin National Front, Pa-O National Liberation Organization, All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, Restoration Council of Shan State and Arakan Liberation Party.
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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