26 May 2017

News Story: Myanmar peace commission meets northern alliance armed groups

NAY PYI TAW, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Peace Commission met with the seven Northern Alliance armed groups on the sidelines of the second meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference underway in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday.

Welcoming the armed groups, which are non-signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA), Chairman of the Peace Commission Tin Myo Win told the press that their willingness of attendance at the conference represented a step of confidence building towards peace.

He thanked the seven armed groups for their attendance as well as China for its support of the holding of the peace conference.

The seven Northern Alliance group refers to the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Arakan Army (AA), Kokang's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Mongla's National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP)-North.

The second 21st Century Panglong Conference continued on Thursday, the second day session, focusing on papers in five sectors resulting from six state-and regional-level political dialogues.

Read the full story at Xinhua