The second day meeting of the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) of ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) that had signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand yesterday morning.
The meeting discussed holding a meeting between the Government, Tatmadaw and leaders of ten EAOs that had signed the NCA, and after the meeting PPST issued a joint announcement.
The announcement said that “to overcome the bottlenecks occurring at the various levels of political discussions, the Government, Tatmadaw and leaders of EAOs agreed to hold a meeting between the Government, Tatmadaw and leaders of EAOs in Nay Pyi Taw on 15 October 2018 in order to resolve the matter through negotiation.”
Leaders of Government and Tatmadaw are meeting with leaders of ten EAOs that had signed the NCA in a 10+10 Meeting on the third anniversary of signing the NCA that falls on 15 October. Earlier, the meeting was planned to be held near the foot of Mount Popa but due to the request of the EAOs, it was moved to Nay Pyi Taw, it is learnt.
After the two-day meeting of PPST, ABSDF Chairman Yebaw (comrade) Than Khe and Chin National Front (CNF) Chairman Pu Zing Cung met with the media and responded to questions raised.
Yebaw Than Khe said “Government, Tatmadaw, Hluttaw and leaders of ethnic nationals conducted preliminary meetings to overcome the bottlenecks occurring at the various levels of political discussion. At those meetings it was agreed to discuss the time and place of the meeting in the PPST
meeting. The basic understanding was to discuss and make a joint declaration after the
proposed Popa and we proposed Yangon. After further discussion, it was agreed to be held in Nay Pyi Taw that is accessible for both the Government and Tatmadaw leaders. But meeting of the leaders is more important than the meeting place itself. Nay Pyi Taw was agreed by both sides after discussion.”
The meeting of the leaders will be attended by PPST leader Saw Mutu Say Poe, deputy leader U Yawd Serk and other top leaders of other EAOs.
The meeting between the leaders of Government, Tatmadaw and EAOs are scheduled to be held from 15 to 18 October and officials from the Government and Tatmadaw were said to have revert back and discuss it is learnt.
By Ye Gaung Nyunt