Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar

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The Special Adviser welcomes the constructive dialogue held between the Government of Myanmar’s Union Peace-making Work Committee and the Kachin Independence Organization in Myitkyiana on 13 May. The meeting was held against the backdrop of concerns about recent clashes between the Armed forces of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Army.

The Special Adviser is encouraged by the commitment on both sides to build on previous agreements aimed at de-escalating the conflict, particularly the decision to establish a joint Conflict Resolution Committee to facilitate communication between them and to prevent further violent clashes. He urges all stakeholders to desist from any further violence and to work continuously and purposively to reach a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and the start of a political dialogue. He also notes the call in the joint statement issued at the conclusion of the dialogue urging the media to play a constructive role to help advance the peace process.

In response to an invitation to attend the talks as an Observer, Ms. Mariann R. Hagen, Assistant Special Adviser was present during the most recent deliberations. The Special Adviser reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to continue to provide all necessary assistance and support in the future in accordance with the agreement of all concerned.

Yangon, 13 May 2014