Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Signatory, Ethnic Armed Organizations
Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) Meeting Statement No. 05/2019
October 12, 2019
1. Meeting No. 05/2019 of the Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Signatory, Ethnic Armed Organizations was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 10 to 12 October, 2019. It was attended by PPST leaders, representatives, advisors, technical assistants and staff members of NCA-S EAO Office totaling 74 in number.
2. The fourth anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) that falls on October 15, 2019 is recognized and accepted profoundly as an important historical milestone for building a long lasting peace for the country. We will continue trying to implement NCA unswervingly through political negotiations. At the same time the PPST meeting has formed and assigned the joint committee of NCA-S EAO for the holding of the 4th NCA Anniversary ceremony.
3. PPST has agreed in principle to hold Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. The coordination team formed by PPST will discuss the holding of JICM with government representatives. Depending on the result of the coordination, PPST will make a decision for holding JICM.
4. To guarantee the continued implementation of the peace process and the building of a federal union beyond 2020, PPST profoundly believes that it is necessary to lay down the necessary foundations at the Union Peace Conference- the 21st Century Panglong Conference (Fourth Session).
5. We urge all organizations concerned to stop fighting in Rakhine State and Shan State (North) as soon as possible and try to settle the conflicts by peaceful means. We are going to try to convince all the ethnic brotherhood armed revolutionaries that have not yet signed NCA, to participate in the peace process.
6. The directive of the president office to take tight security measures that had gone viral in the social media during the month of September 2019 included KNU and CNF that had signed NCA. PPST objects to the directive because the people could have misunderstanding on KNU and CNF and also because it could hurt trust building between both sides of political dialogue.
7. The NCA-S EAOs hereby declared that we would engage unswervingly with firm political will and in conformity with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) process through political dialogue to implement enduring and sustainable peace, the ending of armed conflicts and the building of a genuine Federal Union.
Padoh Saw Tah Doh Moo
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Col. Sai Ngern
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Nai Ong Ma-Nge