Ethnic Leaders Renew Commitment to a Federal Democratic Union at Laiza Summit

By KLN
Friday, Aug 1, 2014

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After two-day summit meetings in KIO administrative capital Laiza, leaders of 16 NCCT member organizations, RCSS/SSA, and ABSDF on Thursday renewed their commitment for democracy, and a federal union that guarantees equal rights and self-determination of ethnic nationalities in Burma.

Ethnic leaders held discussions on the second draft of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement jointly proposed by NCCT and Burmese government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) and agreed to stand by 10-point principles during negotiations with government side, said in a statement released after the Ethnic Armed Organizations’ Summit.

The statement also said that NCCT has been given increased authority and direction in negotiations with UPWC by leaders at the summit.

NCCT member will begin working on a framework for political negotiations and start negotiation process after signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement. If necessary, top leaders of NCCT member organizations will be called upon to convene emergency meeting, said the statement.

Vijay Nambiar, special envoy for the UN Secretary General, and Tang Ying, representative of Chinese government’s special envoy Wang Yingfan, and members of Peace-Talks Creation Group (PCG) attended the summit as observers.

Dr. Liang Hmung Sakhong, an NCCT member of Chin Nation Front, said during a press briefing that NCCT members will meet with UPWC in August and it is now closer to signing a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). “We will meet with government side in the second week of August. I expect we can finalize a single text as both sides have made preparations. I think it will not take more than two months. I personally think we can sign an NCA within two months from now”, said Dr. Liang.

He said ethnic leaders discussed and approved basic principles concerning framework for negotiations, period between signing of an agreement and political settlement, methods for political negotiations and convening of a national conference, positioning of military units from both sides, developing a military code of conduct and setting up joint monitoring groups during summit meetings.