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Kachin peace talks postponed until late April


A planned meeting for Saturday in Myitkyina between the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Myanmar government’s Peace Making Work Committee has been postponed until later in the month because the international observers who were invited by the KIO are unable to attend, according to the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC).

Kachin Independence Organizations representatives meeting with a Myanmar government peace negotiation team in Shweli in China’s Yunnan Province on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Photo: Hla Mg Shwe / Facebook)
Kachin Independence Organizations representatives meeting with a Myanmar government peace negotiation team in Shweli in China’s Yunnan Province on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Photo: Hla Mg Shwe / Facebook)
 “I think the next round of peace talks between the government and the KIO will be held after Thingyan [Myanmar New Year festival, April 13-14]. Maybe around April 25,” said the MPC’s Hla Maung Shwe.

At their last meeting held in Ruili, China, on March 11, both sides agreed to hold peace talks no later than April 10.

“The KIO has invited representatives of the United Nationalities Federal Council, some other ethnic minority groups, and international observers,” said Hla Maung Shwe. “But there wasn’t enough time for them to travel there, so the KIO gave written notification to Peace Making Work Committee vice-chairman Aung Min that the peace talks would have to be postponed.”

President Thein Sein formed the Peace Making Central Committee and the Peace Making Work Committee on May 2, 2012, the latter of which has held a series of negotiations with the Kachins aimed at kick-starting peace talks.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 05 April 2013 16:53 )