Fresh doubts emerge over ceasefire accord before election

Uncertainty over prospects for signing a national ceasefire agreement before the election has risen following a decision on the agenda for a meeting at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon on October 3.

The meeting will set a date for signing the agreement despite negotiators previously agreeing that it would be inked in the first week of October, the Independent Mon News Agency said in a Burma News International report on September 23.

The decision to discuss the date for a signing on October 3 came at a meeting of eight ethnic armed group representatives and members of the government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee at the centre on September 30, the report said.

The MPC’s U Nyo Ohn Myint said the date for signing the NCA would be decided at the “preliminary meeting” on October 3, said the IMNA, one of nine members of the BNI network.

It said the eight groups represented at the September 20 meeting included the Karen National Union, the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army-Peace Council, the Pa-O National Liberation Organization, the Shan State Progressive Party and the All-Burma Students Democratic Front.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

Noticeable by their absence at the September 20 meeting were representatives of the three of the most important armed ethnic groups, the Kachin Independence Army, the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South and the New Mon State Party.

Armed ethnic groups were to meet at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for three days of talks on the national ceasefire due to end on September 30.

More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar enters 2021 with more friends than foes
The early delivery of vaccines is one of the many boons of the country’s geopolitics, but to really take advantage, Myanmar must bury the legacy of its isolationist past.
Will the Kayin BGF go quietly?
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.

Support our independent journalism and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and analysis

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters.

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar