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Karen Leaders Prepare for National Conference

Preliminary meetings ahead of the forthcoming Karen National Conference kicked off in Rangoon on Thursday, uniting ethnic Karen people from various parts of the country to discuss potential post-ceasefire political dialogue.Full article here

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In the lead-up to a meeting with the Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, ethnic leaders convened in northern Thailand on Thursday to discuss the nation’s peace process.

A Special Delegation team, formed at an ethnic leadership summit in Karen State last month, has stepped in as the negotiating bloc of Burma’s ethnic armed groups during peace talks with the government.

Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 3 July 2015

Leaders of the new senior delegation formed at the ethnic armed forces’ Law Khee Lar summit attended a meeting with government representatives this week to discuss the next phase of negotiations over the national ceasefire agreement (NCA).

The delegation included Naing Han Thar, the chairperson of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), deputy chairperson Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win and NCCT member Tun Zaw. They met with Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) vice-chairperson Aung Min and his team.

Ref: Eleven Publish: 27 June 2015

Peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s myriad ethnic armed groups hit a major roadblock on Monday, as the government’s chief negotiator reiterated his position to stick with the current draft of a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).Following an ethnic leadership summit in eastern Burma’s Karen State earlier this month, the established ethnic negotiating bloc—the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, or NCCT—ceded to a new group viewed by government as “hardliners.”


Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 23 June 2015

Representatives of the ethnic armed groups’ negotiating team are due to meet for informal talks with their government counterparts in Rangoon next week.The Senior Delegation for Nationwide Ceasefire Negotiation – a body that was formed this month out of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) ethnic bloc – has said it will send some of its 15 members to meet with the government’s Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC).They aim to set out the parameters for future discussions regarding amendments to the draft text of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).


Ref: DVB Publish: 17 June 2015

Ethnic leaders on Tuesday announced they had approved a single-draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) after eight days of negotiations at Karen National Union (KNU) headquarters in eastern Burma.

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), comprising representatives of 16 armed ethnic groups plus the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), said they have made ‘some amendments’ to the draft NCA, which they will now submit to the Burmese government.

Ref: DVB Publish; 10 June 2015

The leaders of all ethnic armed organisations should attempt to secure national reconciliation with the government now there is a guarantee that political dialogue will go ahead, Khun Myint Tun, the chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), told the summit of armed groups being held in Law Khee Lar.

“The national reconciliation is a basic foundation of the nationwide ceasefire agreement. Ethnic leaders are required to make a small number of amendments to the final draft,” Khun Myint Tun told the gathering in Kayin State.

Ref: Eleven   Publish: 8 June 2015

 Ethnic leaders on Friday were continuing to deliberate over the draft text of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, with those present broadly in agreement that the document would eventually be signed despite the attempted resignation of three armed groups from the ethnic negotiating team.

Nai Hong Sar, chairman of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), told a press conference on Thursday that he was not yet able to set a date for the signing of the ceasefire agreement, as further amendments and additions would be needed to create a draft text suitable to the ethnic negotiating team’s members. He was optimistic that the agreement would be signed in the future, but said the NCCT’s members had determined they would not sign if any of the group’s members were excluded.

Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 5 June 2015


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