KIO-Burmese Government Dialogue Begins in Myitkyina

By KLN

Monday, October 8, 2013

Local residents welcome KIO delegation (Photo credit: Sengja Lu)

Thousands of Myitkyina residents welcome KIO delegation led by Sara Kaba Sumlut Gam. KIO delegate list includes Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Sumlut Gum Maw, Col. Maran Zau Tawng, Col. Lahpai Zau Raw, Col. Gawlu La Awng, Lt. Col. Hpunggan Hkun Nawng, Sara Kaba Marip Naw Htoi, and Lt. Col Nhpang Naw Bu.

KIO delegates together with representatives from SSPP/SSA, PNLO, UWSA and ABSDF set out for Kachin State Capital Myitkyina on Oct 7 at 11 am. They were later accompanied by UN officer Ms. Marian, and members of Peace-Talk Creation Group (PCG), Technical Advisory Team and Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) at Nam San Yang, a ravaged village currently controlled by Burmese army, on their way to Myitkyina.

Thousands of local residents, wearing T-shirts with Kachin National Flags to express their supports for KIO/KIA, greeted KIO delegation by waving Kachin National Flags, singing Kachin National Anthem and shouting slogans for victory and freedom. A prayer service was held by Christian ministers from Myitkyina Council of Churches upon their arrival at KIO’s office across Myitkyina’s Manau Park at 3:30 pm.

KIO delegates will meet Burmese government’s delegation led by minister U Aung Min for three days from Oct 8 to Oct 10. Government’s delegates include ministers U Ohn Myint, U Win Tun, U Khin Maung Soe, Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations No. 1 Lt. Gen Myint Soe, Deputy minister General Maung Maung Ohn, Northern commander Gen. Tun Tun Naung, North Eastern commander Gen. Aung Soe, Col. Kyaw Soe Win, Col. Than Aung, and Attorney General Tun Tun Oo.

Vijay Nambiar, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Wang Yin Fan and other Chinese government’s representatives will attend the meeting as facilitators and witnesses. Observers attending the dialogue between KIO and Burmese government include 7 political parties, Kachin Culture Association, Shan Culture Association and armed ethnic groups, KNPP, KNU, CNF, NMSP, RCSS/SSA, SSPP/SSA, UWSP, NDAA, PNLO, PSLF and ABSDF.