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Government peace team to meet non-NCA signatory organisations on 3 June

The new peace negotiating team created by the NLD-led government will have an informal meeting with the ethnic armed organisations that did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), on 3 June in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) held a meeting on 1 June  in Chiang Mai, Thailand and decided to meet with the government peace team. Most member organisations of the UNFC did not sign the NCA.

UNFC General Secretary Khu Oo Reh told reporters that they had already sent their reply to the government by informing them that their Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) would meet with the government peace team.

Khun Oo Reh said, “Our position adopted at the [UNFC] meeting is to send our DPN to negotiate with the government as each delegate in the DPN represents their mother organisation. At the same time, some UNFC leaders who are not included in the DPN will meet with the government peace team along with the DPN.”

The invitation letter sent by the government does not refer to particular organisations but only mentions leaders of ethnic armed organisations and was addressed to UNFC General Secretary Khu Oo Reh. The invitation letter requested him to invite all non-signatories of the NCA on their behalf for that informal meeting, Khu Oo Reh said.

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