DVB’s Aye Nai interviewed Col Hkun Okker, a member of the ethnic delegates’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) about the results of the meeting and the challenges of finding lasting peace in Burma.
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), representing 17 ethnic armed groups, met with the government’s International Peace Making Working Committee (IPMWC) in Rangoon last weekend. DVB reporter Aye Naing interviewed Hla Maung Shwe of the Myanmar Peace Centre — mediators in the peace talks.
The secretary of the UNFC, told DVB he has concerns over a government proposal that suggested the ethnic armies would have to disarm and disband after signing a ceasefire.
A conference for discussing nationwide ceasefire is being held in eastern Burma’s Karen state from 20 to 22 January. Leading officials from 18 ethnic armed groups met at the Karen National Union’s Law Khee La headquarters.
Soldiers of the Kachin Independence Army posted at the Lawa Yang frontline say the only way to achieve genuine peace in Burma is to grant the ethnic groups autonomy and self-determination.