Myanmar president and ethnic leaders to meet on Sept 9 to discuss ceasefire signing

Myanmar president and ethnic leaders to meet on Sept 9 to discuss ceasefire signing

Top government officials led by President Thein Sein will meet leaders of ethnic armed groups in Nay Pyi Taw on September 9 to discuss matters related the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), said an official from Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC).

The ethnic groups will be headed by Karen National Union (KNU) chairman General Mutu Say Po.

Hla Maung Shwe from MPC said Minister Aung Min, vice-chairman of Union Peacemaking Work Committee and Pado Naw Si Po Ra Sein, leader of the Special Delegation (SD) from the ethnic armed groups had made phone contacts to call the meeting.

"Minister Aung Min and Naw Si Po Ra Sein coordinated this matter by phone. Now the minister has confirmed that the meeting is on September 9. This time, I don't think it (NCA) will be amended. I believe the government will also meet on September 9 because it has many tasks to do. I also expect both sides will have more trust this time. The signing of the NCA will be finished within September. As to how many armed groups will sign the agreement, each group will have decide after meeting with the president," said Hla Maung Shwe.

The summit of ethnic leaders held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from August 21 to 24 chose KNU chairman General Mutu Say Po, Kachin Independence Organisation vice-chairman General In Ban La, Karenni National Progressive Party chairman, New Mon State Party chairman and Shan State Progressive Party patron and three other leaders from SD. And they have been granted authority to act as decision makers at the meeting.

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