Aung Kyi, the head of the Peace Commission, told DVB that they hoped the ethnic rebel alliance would be “involved in the peace process very soon”.
“We have been negotiating a meeting, but we don’t yet know when it will take place,” TNLA general-secretary tells DVB.
In an emergency session on Wednesday, the Shan State legislature passed an urgent proposal to designate as “terrorist organisations” the four ethnic armed groups fighting with Burmese government forces in the state’s north.
A statement on Sunday by the Northern Alliance lays the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Burmese army for the recent wave of hostilities in the Muse area.
The Burmese military is “on a path to annihilate the ethnic rebels,” instead of looking for a peaceful solution, say coalition.
Insofar as the Union government’s agenda for ethnic reconciliation is concerned, there is little doubt that the north, where the most powerful rebel armies operate, holds the key to a permanent negotiated settlement.