Peace Commission, KNPP hold unofficial meeting

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March 07, 2018

THE Peace Commission and the Karenni National Progressive Party-KNPP held a meeting in Yangon yesterday, discussing the ethnic armed organization’s role in political dialogues and military affairs.

“This is an unofficial meeting and both sides discussed openly. They (KNPP) agree to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement-NCA and to take part in the peace process,” said U Zaw Htay, Director-General of the Union Peace Implementation Department.

Good results are expected to be achieved in an unofficial meeting between the two sides, he added. The two sides also agreed yesterday to hold the upcoming official meetings as soon as possible. “We discussed how we will hold the political dialogues, negotiations over military affairs and development works for Kayah State,” said U Khu Oo Reh, Vice Chairman of KNPP.

The two sides also discussed the role of KNPP in the Joint Monitoring Committee on ceasefire and the role of international observers in the ceasefire agreement, he added.

KNPP also proposed to hold an official meeting in Loikaw, the capital city of Kayah State.

KNPP signed the state-level bilateral agreement six years ago. Yesterday’s meeting is the first ever meeting between KNPP and the new government. The official meeting is expected to be held in late March or early April.

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by Dr. Tin Myo Win, Chairman of the Peace Commission, Vice Chairman U Thein Zaw, Secretary Lt Gen Khin Zaw Oo (Ret), Lt-Gen Than Tun Oo and officials of the Peace Commission while KNPP delegation was led by Khu Oo Reh.