April 27, 2018

The Union Government’s Peace Commission and the Karenni National Progressive Party ended two-day peace talks in Loikaw, Kayah State, yesterday, reaching agreement on a majority of the nine-points the two sides discussed.

The peace making of the government and the ethnic armed group also found ways for proceeding towards signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, according to the meeting.

Following the meeting, the two sides released a joint statement in which the KNPP expressed its commitment to sign the NCA as soon as possible.

In the statement, the two sides also mentioned three points to be implemented in the short-term period before signing the NCA.

At the peace talks, the Peace Commission was represented by U Kyaw Tint Swe, Vice Chairman of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre and Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, Dr. Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Peace Commission, Deputy Chairman and members of the PC, Lt-Gen Than Tun Oo and representatives of the Tatmadaw, Chief Minister of Kayah State U L Phaung Sho and cabinet members of the Kayah State Government, while the KNPP was led by U Bi Htoo, Member of the Central Executive Committee of KNPP, and members of the peace dialogue committee of KNPP.

Observers and invited guests were also present at the meeting. U Shwe Myo Thant, General Secretary of the KNPP, said his side was satisfied with the talks, saying that both sides discussed issues openly and frankly.

U Hla Maung Shwe, a member of the advisory body of the Peace Commission, read the joint statement, the outcome of the two-day meeting.

U Bi Htoo, Member of the CEC of the KNPP, expressed thanks to the participants of the meeting for the success of the negotiation, pledging that KNPP would strive to join hands with other ethnic armed groups for establishment of a federal union.

“The KNPP has been desirous of genuine peace, and we are still walking on the road to peace”, he said.

Dr. Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Peace Commission, expressed delight for impressive outcomes of the peace negotiation and expressed thanks to participants of both sides for regaining trust and understanding between the two sides.

“The outcome of the peace talks is considered a constructive result for the ongoing peace and development of Kayah State,” he added.

The leaders of the both sides are delighted at the result of the meeting, he said. Dr. Tin Myo Win also expressed his hope that the leaders of KNPP would create a situation to sign NCA in the coming session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong, which is slated to be held in the last week of May.

He believed that if the leaders of both sides could sign the NCA at the Union Peace Conference, the signing would become a historic milestone, said Dr. Tin Myo Win.