Nay Pyi Taw, July 29

Leaders from the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army-NDAA (Mongla) held talks with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

During the meeting the leaders of the UWSA vowed that the Wa Self-administered Division would not secede from the country, according to U Zaw Htay, the President’s Office spokesperson. Today’s meeting mainly focused on political stance and cooperation. The two organizations also supported the Union Peace Confernce—21st century Panglong and vow to try to participate, said U Zaw Htay.

“This is the first step with the group. We are satisfied with the meeting,” he said.

To join the peace making process the Wa delegation would meet with the peace making committee today in Nay Pyi Taw and the NDAA  delegation will also meet the committee in Yangon, according to U Zaw Htay. 

Following the meeting, the State Counsellor met with youth of the two ethnic armed organizations in Nay Pyi Taw.