New Mon State Party and Lahu Democratic Union sign NCA
February 13, 2018
The Union Peace Commission, New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) signed an agreement to ink the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) at the Myanmar International Convention Centre -II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Dr. Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Union Peace Commission (UPC) spoke first at the occasion. He said the UPC held multiple meetings with the Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), of which the NMSP and LDU are members, over the course of 17 months. He said it started off with heated discussions but eventually all participants were able to build trust and focus on one vision throughout the rest of the meetings. The meetings started off with seven groups but due to various circumstances only two groups made it to today’s signing. However, the UPC Chairman said they will continue working and meeting with the other non-signatories until they are able to participate in the NCA.
Afterwards, Kyar Solomon, the Deputy Chairman of Lahu Democratic Union, spoke at the occasion. He said today was a day that benefited Myanmar’s peace process. Only after signing the NCA is it possible to participate in political dialogue and the LDU is motivated to be a part of each level of dialogue. He said the LDU and the NMSP will sign both the 8-point proposal and the NCA agreement to end the internal conflicts that have lasted for more than 70 years.
This was followed by UPC Secretary U Khin Zaw Oo and LDU Leading Committee member Narvis Bon each reading sections of the signed agreement.