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SSA-North signs two peace agreements


(Mizzima) – The Shan State Progressive Party and the Shan State Army-North (SSAN) signed two peace agreements with the government peacemaking team on Saturday.

The Shan State Army South  Photo: MizzimaThe agreements were signed in Taunggyi, the Shan State capital, according to Maj Sai La, the SSAN spokesman.

One agreement included the resettlement of the party and army around Wanhai, the group’s main base; establishing liaison offices in Taunggyi, Lashio and Kholam; informing each side before one one travels in the area controlled by the other; and to hold further meetings, according to the New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper.

The second agreement included the ratification of an earlier agreement; the non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national unity and perpetuation of national sovereignty on the basis of Panglong Spirit; the two sides will work together for local development, resettlement and improvement of people’s livelihood; and to cooperate in the fight against narcotic drugs
        
The agreements were signed by Aung Thaung for the Union and Sao Kherh Tai for the SSPP/SSA.

Sai La told the Shan Herald news agency that all Shan groups should join in talks with the central government, and he said he had already asked Hkun Tun Oo, who was released in the January 13 amnesty, to play a leadership role.

Hkun Tun Oo, 68, the leader of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, is widely respected by all Shan groups and other ethnic groups.

The news agency said the SSA-North is the 7th armed movement to sign a cease-fire agreement with Naypyitaw. The remaining major groups that have not signed are the Kachin Independence Organization, Karenni National Progress Party and New Mon State Party.
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