Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire

Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire

Ethnic leaders meet with Aung San Suu Kyi at her Rangoon home on Monday. (Photo: NLD chairperson / Facebook)

Ethnic leaders meet with Aung San Suu Kyi at her Rangoon home on Monday. (Photo: NLD chairperson / Facebook)

RANGOON — Leaders from ethnic armed groups met with Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in Rangoon on Monday to discuss the ongoing peace process.

Nai Hong Sar, head of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), an alliance of ethnic armed groups, said the meeting was informal. “We decided to meet her because we were in Rangoon. She was interested when we told her our peace process plans,” he told The Irrawaddy.

Ethnic leaders declined to comment when asked whether they sought advice from Suu Kyi as they negotiate with the government to sign a national ceasefire accord. Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, also declined to comment.

This is the second time ethnic leaders have met with the NLD chairwoman. Ethnic leaders say they want her to participate more in the peace process, even perhaps as an eyewitness during the signing of the nationwide ceasefire accord, which could come as early as October.

“We proposed this to the government already, but there has been no response yet,” said Khun Okkar, secretary of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), another alliance of ethnic groups.

Suu Kyi, a lawmaker in Naypyidaw, has herself expressed a desire to take a greater role in the peace process as the country attempts to recover from decades of civil war.

There will be another meeting between the NCCT and the government’s peace negotiation team early next month to hammer out remaining disagreements in the draft of the nationwide ceasefire accord.

The NCCT has proposed a list of third parties to participate in the signing of the accord, including observers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, France and the United Nations.


3 Responses to Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire

  1. Suu Kyi and dignitaries from ASEAN and UN need to witness the signing ceremony.

  2. do not let fox than shwe to replace Panglong agreement with 2008 nargic constitution which is to be recognized by all ethnics from fox’s tricks and traps.

  3. The signing of peace alone is welcome enough after sixty years of civil war. Burma is already under a process of self criticism and self improvement. We all know already whT fingerpointing and war can bring. Bringing third pRties alone dont guarantee or mean anything u less those involved act meaninbfully. Wish by this process a dignified and responsible burma is born.

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