CNF attends ethnic conference in Laiza
31 October 2013: Representatives of the Chin National Front (CNF) participate in the ongoing meeting of Burma’s ethnic armed organizations held in Laiza, the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Kachin State.
CNF leaders Pu Zing Cung, Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong, Colonel Than Tun and Salai Thla Hei are among the delegates representing 16 out of the 18 ethnic armed groups invited to the three-day summit starting yesterday.
The meeting is aimed at finding ways in which a peaceful resolution can be reached among the groups ahead of the upcoming nationwide ceasefire conference scheduled at Nay Pyi Taw next month.
The historic event includes discussion over strategies for changing or amending the 2008 constitution toward achieving equality, self-determination and federal union in the country.
Today, it has reached an agreement to form a new committee of representatives of the ethnic armed groups in preparation for signing the November’s nationwide ceasefire agreement.
According to the Kachin news, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (Mongla) are unable to attend the conference.
Meanwhile, President Thein Sein said in his message laying stress on the three main national causes: “I believed that the unity among all national races could bring about greater success in realizing non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity and perpetuation of sovereignty.”
He also indicated that the Laiza meeting was crucial to reaching a nationwide ceasefire agreement, achieving a political dialogue and restoring peace in Burma.#