Myanmar opposition, groups build trust in peace process

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 18 (IANS) Myanmar’s election-winning opposition party and eight ceasefire signatory ethnic armed groups have vowed to build mutual trust, understanding and work hand-in-hand in the country’s peace process, the media reported on Friday.

It was discussed when chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi met leaders of the eight armed groups, Xinhua reported.

Suu Kyi voiced NLD’s support for the peace process, telling the armed groups not to worry about her absence in witnessing the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) signing.

Suu Kyi accepted of a proposal by the armed groups to form a joint committee with the NLD to continue working for the peace process after the party forms a new government in January.

The proposal will be forwarded to NLD’s central committee for approval, she said.

Meanwhile, a finalised draft political dialogue framework between the government and the eight armed groups, approved by the union-level Joint Cease fire Monitoring Committee (JCMC), has been submitted to President U Thein Sein for approval.

A union peace conference, led by the president, will be held in January ahead of the first round of formal dialogue planned for January 13.

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