Ethnic Leaders Wrap Up Second Day of Summit in Laiza


Saturday, July 26, 2014


The second day of Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) members’ summit started today with a speech by KNU Chairman, and concluded by finding common position on the draft of Nationwide Ceasefire Accord.

During an opening speech, KNU Chairman General Mutu Say Poe said KNU has maintained its focus on every step it takes as if walking on a tight rope. He urged ethnic leaders not to make decisions based on emotion but to find a win-win solution.

It has been 8 months since NCCT was formed, but haven’t achieved any tangible result, said Mutu Say Poe. He said, “There is a time limit in current political conditions, and we will have to go through ceasefire process in order to begin political dialogue”.

General Mutu Say Poe then urged ethnic leaders to begin working for peace with an enemy whom they have fought for over 60 years quoting Nelson Mandela’s words, “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

KIO Chairman Lanyaw Zawng Hra said in a previous day’s message that KIO will continue to abide by principles set by United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC). He urged ethnic leaders to continue to strive for a genuine federal union, equal rights and self-determination.

Over 100 representatives and leaders from KIO, KNU, KNPP, NMSP, SSPP, MNDAA, DKBA, KNU/KNLA Peace Council, WNO, LDU, ANC, AA, PNLO, PSLF, CNF, and ALP attend the four-day summit to be held July 25-28 at Laiza’s Padang Hall.