KIO-BA meeting ends abruptly as BA sets preconditions for talks

A meeting between delegates of Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and Burma Army (BA) on Sunday at Dali City in China’s northwestern Yunnan province ended abruptly as BA sets preconditions for talks. The meeting took place after subsequent negotiations between KIO leaders and BA officials at the third session of 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in Naypyidaw and later at a meeting between KIO’s Chairman General Nban La and U Khin Zaw Oo of the Myanmar Peace Commission in Chiang Mai.

According to KIO sources, BA’s representatives led by Lieutenant General Tun Tun Naung told KIO representatives as the meeting began that the KIO has to uphold the three main national causes, promise to never secede from the Union, and join multi-party democracy system implemented by their predecessors in order to begin negotiation. KIO delegates led by Chairman General Nban La and Vice-Chairman General Sumlut Gun Maw couldn’t agree with preconditions set by the BA and the meeting ended abruptly.

KIO sources said they have yet to begin talks when BA’s representative Lieutenant General Tun Tun Naung laid out preconditions for talks and the meeting ended without further negotiation. KIO on its part came prepared to talk about armed conflicts since renewed war began in 2011, review the implementation of the bilateral agreements made in 1994 and 2013, implement a concrete ceasefire, discuss IDPs issue, and invite China as a mediator and a witness in signing future agreements.

In order to show its commitment to peace talks, KIO’s delegation was led by its top two leaders, Chairman General Nban La and Vice-Chairman General Sumlut Gun Maw while BA’s delegation was led by head of Bureau of Special Operations 1 Lieutenant General Tun Tun Naung.