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Myanmar govt, rebels ceasefire to depend on military guarantees

The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO)’s participation in a nationwide ceasefire signing ceremony will depend on the political and military guarantees by the Myanmar government, according to Hsan Aung of the Peace Creation Group (PCG).

The government and the KIA’s technical working group held meetings in Myitkyina, Kachin State on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

The meetings focused on the military affairs of both sides, the formation of monitoring teams, IDPs, and the nationwide ceasefire deal. The two sides also discussed which observers would attend the nationwide ceasefire signing ceremony, where leaders from both sides would be present.

"It is too early to confirm the KIO’s participation in the nationwide ceasefire deal-signing ceremony. It depends military guarantees. Trust is of great importance," Hsan Aung told The Daily Eleven.

"The KIO wants political and military guarantees from the government. It took 17 years to initiate political dialogue, even as battles continued. Accordingly, the KIO has lost trust in the government. So whether or not the KIO participates in the nationwide deal depends on this."

In his national radio address on October 1, President Thein Sein suggested that political dialogue would follow after the ceasefire deal.

"As soon as we have signed the nationwide ceasefire deal, political dialogue frames and principles will have to be negotiated and discussed in order to strengthen political dialogue,” he said.

The president added that the Union-level peacemaking committee and various ethnic political parties would negotiate the framework and principles for initiating political dialogue.

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