IMNA – Current conditions are prompting doubts about the development of political dialogue between the armed ethnic ceasefire groups and the government by the end of this year, said Nai Hong Sar, general secretary of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), at a “Consultation Meeting” held on 22nd -June.
The ceasefire agreement between the NMSP and the government includes a stipulation to develop political dialogue between the ceasefire and governmentre presentatives by December 2012, even if a nationwide ceasefire has not yet been achieved.
“It was found that the government peace team wants [the ceasefire groups] to form official political parties, to contest elections, to join Hluttaw (parliament) after elections, and to join as one army,” said Nai Hong Sar.
Leading the union-level peace team established in May is Chairman Sai Mount Kam (vice president), the Vice-Chairman U Thein Zaw (member of parliament), the Second Commander in Chief General Soe Win and the Minister of Railway Transportation U Aung Min. The team’s 52 members consist of seven Ministers, ten State or Division Chief Ministers, ten State or Division Military Commanders, the Deputy Minister for Border Affair Major General Zaw Win, two attorneys including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Burma U TunTunOo, nine representatives of PyiThuHlutTaw(House of Nationalities), nine representatives of AmyotharHluttaw(House of Representatives) and the Director-General of the Government Office U Tin Myo Kyi.
Village headmen from surrounding areas and the staff of local health and education departments joined the morning session of the Community Meeting organized by the NMSP and held at a middle school in Japanese Well Village, near the border town of Three Pagodas Pass (TPP).Prominent residents of TPP and businesspeople attended an afternoon session.
“The current opinion [of the newly-formed peace team] can lead to the idea of forming Border Guard Forces(BGF) or local militias in April 2010. None of the ethnic armed groups can accept this idea,” said Nai Hong Sar.
Since earlier this month, and with the purpose of collecting civilian feedback, high-ranking NMSP officials have been organizing Consultation Meetings with Mon community based organizations and residents of areas surrounding NMSP Headquarters, including villages and towns in Tha Hton, Moulmein, and Tavoy Districts.