April 28, 2014
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), a negotiating team for Ethnic Armed Organizations, began a two-day meeting Monday in Chiang Mai as skirmishes continued in Kachin and northern Shan State. It is the eight meeting of the NCCT since it was established in Nov 2013 in Laiza Conference by 16 armed ethnic organizations.
General Gun Maw, deputy leader of the NCCT said, “the team gathered to discuss and plan for future meetings with the government side.” He said “Another meeting with the government delegation will be held in May”.
Members of the NCCT and Burmese government’s delegation that includes members of Parliament, Tatmadaw (Burmese Army), and officials from executive branch last met in the first week of April in Yangon to jointly draft a single text for a Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA).
The two sides were not able to draft a single text for NCA in Yangon despite meetings over several days because of the differences in terms and conditions of the accord and Burmese Army’s inclusion of its own terms set for ethnic armed groups.
Meanwhile, skirmishes between Burmese army and other ethnic armies continue in Kachin and northern Shan State. Ethnic leaders have repeatedly warned that launching offensive operations during the course of negotiation could jeopardize entire peace process and diminish trust in Burmese government’s intent.