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Chins confirm 20-member delegation for Rangoon peace talks

Chin-National-Front-flagThe Chin National Front (CNF) has confirmed a 20-member delegation to attending Union-level peace talks with the Burmese government in Rangoon this week, according to a report in Chinland Guardian on Monday. 

In an official statement, the CNF said it was flying 20 members to Rangoon on Monday for the December 7-8 peace talks.

It said its delegation would be headed by Secretary General Pu Zing Cung, who will be accompanied by Pu Thomas Thang Nou, Pu Paul Sitha, Dr. Sui khar, Salai Kipp Kho Lian, Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong, Pu H.C Ral Hnin, Pu Thang Yen, Pu Zo Tum Hmung, Pu Thang Ning Kee, Pu Bernard L. Chhangte, Colonel Solomon, Salai Thla Hei, Pu Hau kang, Pu Thawng Za Lian, Pu Ngai Ja Thang, Colonel Than Tun, Major Sang Lian Thang, Major Kha Pawng and Pu Thet Ni.

“Our discussions will focus on issues related to Chin nationals, military, development, social and cultural matters, in addition to other necessary points from the first Union-level meeting agreement," said CNF spokesperson Dr. Sui Khar.

The CNF's statement said the whole discussion would be conducted within the framework of the six-point peace process that ethnic groups agreed during the 2012 ethnic nationalities conference.

Moreover, CNF stressed re-affirmation of its position on the three main principles of the organization, saying it is committed to securing self-determination for the Chin people, the restoration of democracy, and the establishment of a federal Union of Burma.

Several foreign observers have been invited to the negotiations, including representatives of the Nippon Foundation and Charles Petrie of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative.

Founded on 20 March 1988 following a student-led uprising across the country, the CNF held a preliminary ceasefire meeting with government peace negotiators in January.

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