Myanmar ethnic rebels want Suu Kyi at ceasefire talks
Group leaders met Suu Kyi for preliminary discussions
Picture: Myanmar Times
Leaders of ethnic armed groups say they want Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to observe the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement and the accompanying political dialogue. Nai Han Tha, leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), said on August 19 the groups wanted the NLD chairperson to take a larger role in the peace process as a leading representative of the public.
The opposition leader met with ethnic armed group leaders at her house in Yangon on August 18 to discuss the peace process and the constitutional amendment process.
“Daw Suu was interested in our peace process plans and promised she was ready to participate when we invite her,” said Nai Han Tha.
Also under discussion were the campaign to amend the constitution to allow her to become president, and the possibility of a proportional representation electoral system.
“We asked her how to approach the election, how to solve the problem of the PR system and how to use the signature campaign to amend section 436 [of the constitution],” said Colonel Khun Okkar, secretary of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).
The National League for Democracy made no statement about this meeting, and ethnic leaders declined to comment when asked whether they sought advice from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi concerning their talks with the government on the national ceasefire agreement. The government’s consent would be required if Daw Aung San Suu Kyi were to attend the peace talks. NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had not been invited, though the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has expressed a desire to play a greater role in the peace process.
The NCCT has proposed a list of third parties to participate in the signing of the agreement, including observers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, France, Norway and the United Nations.
The signing is expected to take place in October following discussion of a second draft of the agreement in September.
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