Ethnic armed groups united toward achieving federal union
25 January 2014: Ethnic armed organizations in Burma have wrapped up their six-day conference today with a common resolution to stand united in building a genuine federal Union of Burma.
In a statement released today, they said they would participate in the nationwide political dialogue and would strive together to achieve their political goal of establishing the federal union in the country.
Dr. Salai Lian H. Sakhong, member of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), said that they [ethnic armed groups] agreed to hold a political dialogue only after signing a nationwide ceasefire accord during which a framework for the political dialogue has to be included.
The statement said that the conference also came up with a new draft nationwide ceasefire accord, amended by the NCCT based on suggestions and comments on the Laiza agreement.
In the near future, there will be a second round of talks between the Central Peace-Making Work Committee of Burma’s government and the NCCT.
However, it has been postponed until the last week of February 2014 although it was originally scheduled for late January in Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State.
The conference took place in Law Khee Lar of Karen State in which over 160 leaders and representatives of 17ethnic armed groups including the Chin National Front (CNF) attended.
In spite of being unable to participate, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) said that they would take part in the signing of the nationwide ceasefire accord.#