NMSP Will Discuss Peace-Talk Prior to the Party’s Conference

Mon Community Leaders Express Concern Over Peace Talks


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Leaders of the Mon community told the New Mon State Party (NMSP) to be cautious about making a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government, as they observed that there were no differences between the NMSP’s recent meeting with Burmese Minister of Railways Aung Min and previous peace talks with Burma’s former premier and spy chief Gen. Khin Nyunt.

Nai Sunthorn, chairman of the Thailand-based Mon Unity League, said, “Do not be optimistic regarding the peace talk with Aung Min. I told him (Nai Hong Sar) that there were no differences between the peace talks with Aung Min and Khin Nyunt.”

Burma’s former premier and spy chief Gen. Khin Nyunt and Burmese Minister of Railways Aung Min. (Photo: AP and Kaowao)

When the NMSP agreed to a ceasefire in 1995, Gen. Khin Nyunt told the NMSP to express their wishes regarding the rights of the Mon people to the Burmese government at the national convention.

“The NMSP proposed reforms, but they turned them down at that time. Now, Aung Min has told the NMSP to once again request new rights for the Mon people in parliament. They (the Burmese government) may do the same thing,” said Nai Sunthorn.

Burmese Minister of Railways Aung Min met with the NMSP leaders in Sangkhlaburi on December 22 for the first round of peace talks.

Nai Tin Aung, a peace negotiator and a former executive committee member of NMSP, said that he was very optimistic following the talk and that he wanted to encourage the NMSP to hold another talk in January.

Even the secretary of NMSP, Nai Hong Sar, was happy about the meeting, as it gave him a chance to propose what he wanted.

Nai Kao Rot, the former deputy army chief of the Mon National Liberation Army, was less optimistic, saying, “We should learn from the past. We should not believe or follow what they say.”

Meanwhile, some Mon community leaders that have resettled overseas have told the NMSP to measure the difference between the benefits to be gained by the signing of the new ceasefire and those conferred by the previous agreement. They suggested that if there is no difference in benefits received, the NMSP should not accept the ceasefire. 

The NMSP signed a ceasefire agreement with the regime in 1995. The ceasefire broke down in 2010 when the NMSP refused to join the Border Guard Force, a proposal by the Burmese government that would have incorporated armed ethnic groups along the border under governmental control. During the 15 years that the ceasefire was in place, there were no political discussions aimed at solving the political conflict in Mon State.


date: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 1:10PM
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COMMENTS : Aung Min's group was forced to start peace talk with the ethnic minorities, release political prisoners, and talk with the oppositions by the international community especially the US, for the sake of lifting sanction imposed on them. Even a five years old children understands the real intention of the Burmese government. However, look at the situation in the NMSP right now. Militarily and politically speaking, do we have what it take to Bang the table to the Burmese? I don't think so.
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COMMENTS : I would not recognize young's opinion of situation in NMSP . Because NMSP have very good support from Mon people, their fore  they can decide the best way for their own people. than it doesn't matter whether young think or don't think so the decision made from NMSP was equal from Mon people .


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