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CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The official peace talks scheduled for Thursday between the government and the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) were cancelled. In their place, the negotiators met informally to keep the process alive.
All of the members of the UNFC’s Delegation for Political Negotiations (DPN) had travelled to Yangon on Wednesday. But on Thursday, only a few of them met the government’s Peace Commission (PC) members for an informal discussion.
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CHIANG MAI, Thailand – A government peace delegation led by Border Affairs Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung failed to make any progress towards establishing peace talks with Myanmar’s northeastern-based ethnic armed groups over the weekend.
The latest peace talks between the government’s peace commission and ethnic bloc the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) concluded this week with an agreement in principle of the UNFC’s eight-point proposal to signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
The seventh round of peace talks—which took place in Yangon on Monday and Tuesday—had been “thoroughly” conducted with only military-related affairs left to discuss, according to spokespersons from both parties.
The government plans to hold a ceremony to mark the two-year anniversary of landmark peace accord the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw on Sunday.
Three leaders—State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Army Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, and leader of the Karen National Union (KNU) Gen. Saw Mutu Sae Poe—will deliver the opening speeches.
YANGON – Fifty-six-year-old father-of-two Bran Li is a former village administrator of Gang Dau Yang village in Waingmaw Township of resource-rich Kachin State.
He has been sheltering, for the last six years, in Mu Yin camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).
He is one of 100,000 people in Kachin State displaced after a 17-year ceasefire agreement between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Myanmar Army broke down in 2011.