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The Burmese government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee is set to meet for a series of talks with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in state capital Myitkyina starting on 2-3 October.
Lamai Gum Ja, a member of the Peace-talk Creation Group which has acted as a broker at earlier rounds of KIO-government negotiations, said this week’s meeting will involve a preliminary round of negotiations ahead of peace talks scheduled from 8-10 October at the KIO’s liaison office in Myitkyina.
On 16-17 September, both sides sent liaison teams to a Myitkyina meeting to lay the groundwork for October’s series of negotiations.
Speaking to DVB after that meeting, Hla Maung Shwe of the Myanmar Peace Centre said the two delegations focused mainly on the issues of a nationwide ceasefire; the formation of a committee to monitor the ceasefire process; the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons; and fixing arrangements for the round of talks in October.
The KIO signed a ceasefire agreement with the government in 1994 but took to armed resistance again in 2011 after refusing the government’s proposal to transform into a Border Guard Force unit under the supervision of the Burmese army.