Myanmar’s special peace talks focus on non-secession

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Myanmar military troops take part in a military exercise at Ayeyarwaddy delta region in Myanmar, February 2, 2018.The on-going trilateral meeting is seeking ways on forming a unified army with different ethnic races. Reuters

NAY PYI TAW (Xinhua) – Myanmar’s ongoing special peace talks focused on the issue of non-secession from the union, Vice Chairman of the ethnic Kayin National Union (KNU) Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said.

The talks were held between the Myanmar government, the army and the 10 nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA)- signatory ethnic armed organisations (EAO).

“Both sides adopted a policy to amend the wording for political dialogue and to overcome the bottleneck of that issue,” he told a press conference at the end of the second day of the talks late Tuesday.

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With regard to the issue for establishing a unified army, he said both sides agreed to negotiate and to prepare for the wording “security reintegration” including the seven-point roadmap in the NCA, while accepting the point that a democratic federal union must have only one army and agreeing to seek ways on forming the unified army with different ethnic races.

Director-General of the State Counselor’s Office U Zaw Htay said the NCA signatories proposed to the government to hold a summit between them and non-signatories in the second week of November as part of the efforts for inclusiveness in peace making process.

The trilateral peace talks kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, agreeing on the second day to set up a timetable and priority work process needed for important basic principles related to democracy and federal in future 21st Century Panglong Peace Conferences.

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