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KIO reluctant to sign ceasefire


The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) is still reluctant to sign a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government until political conditions have been met, said an observer at the talks in Myitkyina on Wednesday.

The Myanmar government Peace-Making Work Committee members are photographed alongside delegates of the Kachin Independence Organisation on May 30, 2013, the third and final day of peace talks in Myitkyina. The two sides signed a seven-point agreement, including a pledge to establish a Joint Monitoring Committee. (Photo: Mizzima)
 The Myanmar government Peace-Making Work Committee members are photographed alongside delegates of the Kachin Independence Organisation on May 30, 2013, the third and final day of peace talks in Myitkyina. The two sides signed a seven-point agreement, including a pledge to establish a Joint Monitoring Committee. (Photo: Mizzima)
“As with previous negotiations, the KIO is insisting that political dialogue is initiated, that the conflict is downsized, and that the proposal of a federal union is seriously discussed,” said Kachin elder Lakharila Aung. “As for the government delegation, they reiterated that a ceasefire must be agreed first.”

He said that the Kachin delegation advocated bringing in neutral observers to monitor the conflict—or a potential ceasefire—while the government delegation countered by discussing prospective development projects that could be launched in the region.

UN Special Envoy Vijay Nambiar attended the talks in the Kachin State capital where he met and spoke withrepresentatives of the Kachin Consultative Assembly, various ethnic leaders, community elders, Christian leaders and members of civic organizations.

However, according to civic leader Sayar Zaw Taung, the UN envoy played no role as mediator. “There was no MC present at the negotiations,” he said.

Talks were scheduled to reconvene on Thursday, May 30.

For more background:
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  2. No hasty ceasefire, says KIO
  3. Government forces launching air strikes, says KIO
Last Updated ( Friday, 31 May 2013 18:24 )