Myanmar president holds meeting with ethnic rebel leaders

Myanmar president meets with leaders of three ethnic rebel groups following their Tuesday summit, holding to discuss ceasefire deal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Myanmar President Thein Sein met with three ethnic armed groups on Friday after a summit which was held by rebels earlier this week.   

President  Sein had a meeting with leaders from the Restoration Council of Shan State, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army, among 17 rebel groups who reached a ceasefire text after a three-year negotiation with the government.

The meeting was held during a presidential visit to Kengtung with the intention of government having a ceasefire deal with the rebel groups until November election.

Information Minister Ye Htut shared pictures of the meeting on his Facebook page but did not give any further information about it.

Rebel leaders gathered at a summit on Thursday to discuss a ceasefire deal in National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) at the headquarters of the United Wa State Army in Pangsang, Shan state. Twelve armed ethnic groups released a 12-point statement outlining their demands to government negotiators including titles for a federal system and granting statehood of Wa territory, a region of Shan state under the UWSA’s control.

"The president urged the UWSA to support the government's attempts on political dialogue with ethnic armed groups and signing the NCA,” UWSA spokesman Aung Myint told Reuters.

The latest deadly clash erupted between the government forces and Kokang rebels in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state in February which caused many deaths and displacement of tens of thousands.

TRTWorld and agencies