CNF-Govt Confirmed Date for Rangoon Meeting
27 November 2012: The upcoming meeting between Burma’s government and the Chin National Front (CNF) is set to take place in Rangoon from 7-8 December 2012.
A source close to CNF said the third round of peace talks with President Thein Sein-led government will be held at Myanmar Peace Centre Hall in the former capital.
The CNF team, which will be led by Secretary General Pu Zing Cung, said the Union level discussion would include political issues, with other new items on the agenda.
It is yet to be confirmed how many members of the CNF peace committee will be attending the Rangoon meeting, where an independent body of both international and national observers is expected to be allowed.
The CNF delegation are scheduled to hold meetings with Chin churches, communities, political parties, university students and civil society organizations based in Rangoon after the December peace talks.
In recent months, CNF established three liaison offices in Matupi, Thantlang and Tedim towns of Chin State.
A series of public consultations have been organized by CNF with Chin communities from both inside and outside of Burma as parts of preparation for the ongoing peace process.
Earlier this month, the President Office’s Minister U Aung Min announced that Burma’s government has plans to hold a political dialogue in December with ethnic armed groups that have signed a ceasefire agreement.
The Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) was established earlier this year in Rangoon with financial support from the European Union following a joint declaration for the MPC establishment between U Aung Min and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
Van Biak Thang