Ethnic Mon Strengthened Unity as It Called for Supporting CEFU
24 January 2011: The Overseas Mon Coordination Committee (OMCC) welcomed the reunification between the Mon National Defense Army (MNDA) and the New Mon State Party (NMSP), saying standing united under one flag is vital in this critical time.
The OMCC’s report released today said: “All Mon organizations should be united under the Mon Affairs Union in order to strengthen our unity as a people and nation, and form a strong Mon political opposition organization. Only then, we can protect our people from the abuses of the Burmese army and can achieve our national goals.”
On 11 January 2011, the MNDA made its official announcement to reunite with its former mother organisation, the New Mon State Party, which was formed in July 1958 under the leadership of Nai Shwe Kyin, aka Nai Ba Lwin.
The unity among all Mon armed organisations is vitally important in the fight for our ethnic rights, equality and freedom in Burma, the report continued.
on 1 September 2010, the NMSP pulled out from the ceasefire agreement with the Burmese regime as it refused to surrender its arms to the regime. Burma’s military regime then said of regarding the party as an insurgent group.
In the report, OMCC also called on all ethnic nationalities and armed groups to join and support the Committee for the Emergency of a Federal Union (CEFU), adding :”As history has proved time and time again, we will not be able to safeguard our people from the abuses of the Burmese army and will not achieve our self-determination rights without a strong unified army.”
The Committee for the Emergency of a Federal Union (CEFU), jointly formed in November 2010 by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Karen National Union (KNU), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), Chin National Front (CNF), New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Shan State Progress Party (SSPP), held their second ethnic meeting at the Thai-Burma border on 11-14 January 2011, with the first on 4 November 4, 2010 ahead of Burma’s November 7, 2010 elections.
Van Biak Thang