EAOs Reiterate “All-Inclusiveness” After Naypyidaw Meeting

Ethnic Armed Organizations’ (EAOs) News and Information Group on Thursday released a statement saying that the ethnic alliance will continue working for the inclusion of all armed groups in signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA).

Leaders of EAOs met with Burma’s President Thein Sein, 6 Union Ministers, UPWC’s vice president, Deputy Attorney General and one representative from Burmese Army on Sept 9 in Naypyidaw. President Thein Sein, said in the statement, agreed the inclusion of all armed groups in NCA in principle but need to come up with pragmatic ways to implement such principle.

The EAOs stated its stand that the alliance firmly believe that the inclusion of all ethnic armed groups in signing the NCA is extremely important for building trust and lasting peace in Burma.

Meanwhile, the leaders of AA, MNDAA, PSLF/TNLA released another statement on the same day saying that the three organizations will further their political alliance and military cooperation. The statement urged Burmese government to carry out a free and fair election and expressed hope that the next elected government will solve the military tension and political turmoil in Burma based on Panglong Agreement.  The statement reiterated the inclusion of all armed groups in NCA signing as agreed in Laiza and Law Khee Lar Conferences.

The United Wa State Party (UWSP), the country’s largest non-state armed group, announced in a statement that it will not participate in the NCA signing, reported BBC Burmese. UWSP said it had signed a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government and promised to the Chinese government that the western countries will not be involved in the affairs of the northern part of the country.