The Peace Commission wants to convene a Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM), which is usually attended by leaders of the government, the Tatmadaw (military) and the 10 ethnic armed groups that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
The proposal for the meeting was put forward during talks between government negotiators and representatives of the 10 groups on Tuesday, an official privy to the meeting said.
“October 15 is the fourth anniversary of the NCA, so we want to re-start the JICM officially,” he said.
The JICM makes the final decisions on issues related to the peace process discussed in the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee and Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee.
Since 2015, the JICM has met seven times, most recently in February 2018.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice Senior General Soe Win, and the leaders of the 10 groups attended the previous JICMs.
Colonel Khun Oakkar, leader of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation, said that the groups want to hold a JICM as soon as possible.
“However, before holding it, we need to discuss what will be submitted to the JICM. If not, it will just be a waste of time,” he said.
The government wants to hold the fourth session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in 2020, so it is trying to end the current deadlock, according to analysts.
Myanmar Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, vice chair of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre, said it is important for all parties to agree at the next round of the conference on establishing a democratic federal union, on a ceasefire, and on the basic principles of democracy and federalism.
“The main point is to restart official meetings and discussions that have been suspended for a long time,” he told the meeting.
The formal peace talks have been at a standstill since the Karen National Union and the Restoration Council of Shan State temporarily left the negotiations with the government in October 2018.
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