Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Leaders of Ethnics Armed Groups are beginning to arrive in Laiza for upcoming Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) meeting and Ethnics Armed Organizations (EAOs) summit. They are welcomed by hundreds of Laiza residents, KIO/KIA personnel, ABSDF and Arakan Army members along the street that leads to Laiza’s Padang Hall.
Ethnic leaders were greeted by KIO Chairman Zawng Hra, Chief of Staff General Gam Shawng, Vice Chief of Staff Major General Gun Maw and members of KIO central committee at Padang Hall.
KIO’s spokesperson Kumhtat La Nan said NCCT meeting will be held for three days from July 24 to 26 and ethnic leaders summit be held for two days from July 28 to 29. Three to five leaders from each ethnic group will attend the summit, he said.
Members of NCCT that were selected from 16 armed groups will initially held meeting on nationwide ceasefire and ongoing peace process.
According to La Nan, leaders of United Wa State Party (UWSA), Mongla, Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Kaplan) were invited to attend the ethnics leaders’ summit.
The first EAOs’ conference attended by major ethnic groups was held last October in Laiza. Ethnics leaders signed an ‘11- Point Common Position of Ethnic Resistance Organizations on Nationwide Ceasefire’, also known as Laiza agreement that laid foundation on peace process.