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NSCN (K) attending Panglong Peace conference: Report

Representatives of the NSCN (K) are also attending the third session of the 21st-Century Panglong Peace Conference, which began Wednesday at Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, reports The Irrawaddy. NSCN (K) was invited as observer to the conference, scheduled to be held from July 11-16, 2018.
According to the report, the Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, in his speech, reiterated that the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that were yet to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) needed to sign it.
Though NSCN (K) signed a state-level ceasefire accord with the Myanmar government in April 2012, it is not a signatory to the NCA. Both NLD-led government and the Tatmadaw (military) urged all EAOs to sign the NCA. Army chief rejected claims of some ethnic armed groups — apparently referring to the Naga, Wa and Mongla— that there is no need to sign the NCA.
The report stated that since NCA was first signed in October 2015 and approved by Union Parliament in December that year, the UWSA, NDAA-Mongla and NSCN(K), all of which signed ceasefire agreements with former ruling military junta, argued that they do not need to sign NCA, and expressed their will to participate in political dialogue only.
“To those who are saying they have already made agreements in the past and that there is no need to do so again, this may go against the current democratic ethics,” Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing reportedly said.


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