Eight signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement agreed on five points at their fiveday meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in preparation for coming to the third session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong.

“To achieve total peace in the country, we, eight ethnic armed groups, are determined to work hard and together to achieve good results at the Union Peace Conference,” said Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, following the meeting of the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) of eight ethnic armed groups and their work committees.

The meeting ended on Monday. During the five-day meeting, they discussed five sectors of political, security, social, economic, land and environment issues that will be submitted to the 3rd session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong.

“From the discussions in this meeting, relevant work committees are submitting sector-wise reports to the PPST meeting. These will be discussed and confirmed and then will be re-submitted to national-level political dialogue, where their thoughts and ideas will be combined”, said Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win.

“Decisions include 20 approvals, and four were documented. A decision also includes conducting more meetings to achieve success in political discussions. For success in establishing peace, there should be no obstructions or interferences when the signed organisations are conducting national-level discussions, region and ethnic national-wise, which will be conducted by responsible leaders of the relevant groups”, said Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win.

The five agreements of the meeting include holding public consultations by respective ethnic armed organisations to seek suggestions from the public.

They also agreed to follow the decisions of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) to make political dialogue and public consultations a success.