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Second Round of Peace Talks Between Mon and Government Officials

By AZAN

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Five points of agreement have been reached in the peace talks held today between the Burmese government and the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in Moulmein, capital of Mon State, according to Mon sources.

Meeting between the representatives from the New Mon State Party and the Burmese government in Moulmein, capital of Mon State, on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
( Photo: Burma Vj Media Network )

Nai Soe Myit, who participated at the peace talks meeting as a representative of the NMSP, said that the five points include an end to fighting, to settle political talks at the level of the union government, to open liaison offices, not to hold weapons at the limits of ceasefire areas and to base troops only in agreed locations.

At the peace talks today the NMSP leaders did not sign an agreement yet, however they said that they will have a central committee meeting next week to discuss the five point agreement and the party leaders said that they will sign a peace agreement on the third week of February based on the second round of talks with the government.

The peace mission from the NMSP led by Nai Rot Sa, who is the vice-chairman of the party, included seven leaders from the NMSP, 4 Mon community leaders, and 3 Mon Buddhist monks.

At the request of the NMSP leaders at the meeting, Aung Min, Railway Minister from the Burmese government told the NMSP leaders that his government will allow the Mon language to be taught in Mon State and even said that his government will release two Mon political prisoners; Min Nay Win (aka Nai Yekha) and Min Myo Thwe, who are serving life sentences in prison.

“Aung Min told us that his government will release those who are Mon political prisoners when the NMSP becomes legal,” said Nai Soe Myit.

The Mon leaders said that the chief Minister of Mon State, Ohn Myint also told them yesterday while having dinner that he planned to let the Mon language be taught at government schools where there are Mon villages in Mon State.

Regarding politics, the NMSP leaders asked the government at the meeting to have a nationwide the ceasefire, to hold political talks with the NMSP within 45 days and let observers participate at the political talks as well.

After achieving the first step in political talks between the government and the NMSP, the leaders may in future ask the Burmese government to have political talks with all political parties including the National League for Democracy and the other ethnic political parties in order to solve all the political conflicts in Burma.

The peace talks today was unlike those held in 1995, according to Nai Soe Myit who is a former member of the central committee of the NMSP.

During the 1995 peace talks, he said that we could only talk about stopping the fighting. We could not talk about politics as Khin Nyunt (the former military intelligence chief) told us that they were a military regime, not a civilian government.

Nai Soe Myit said that he believed that there will be advantage this time compared to the past because there is a chance to have political talks.

Aung Min told the NMSP leaders to open an economic zone in Three Pagodas Pass, at Thai-Burmese border, in order to invite Thai companies to run businesses for the party, according to sources.

The NMSP held its first peace talks with Railways Minister Aung Min on Dec. 22 in the Thai border town of Sangkhlaburi.

The NMSP did not support the 2008 constitution and the leaders said that they will not participate in the parliament of Burma unless the Burmese government changes the constitution.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the party see no advantage in reaching a ceasefire agreement, but according to the leaders they wanted to try to persuade the Burmese government to have political talks with all political parties in Burma, in a tripartite dialogue if there is opportunity.

Nai Htaw Mon, the chairman of the NMSP said, “Our party still believes that there are political forces in Burma for a tripartite dialogue. This is only one way can solve peacefully the political conflict in Burma.”

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COMMENTS : the plan Burmese government do not release two prominent Mon political prisoners, Nai Yekkha and Nai Cheam Gakao is to persuade MNSP into ceasefire and their groups. As my thought, the passion of Burman is not honest on Mon than others. I am always listening and reading Burmese news, but they never have media about Nai Yekha and Nai Cheam Gakao, just only about their student and NLD's political prisoners. It is not Justice that our leaders information always falling behind their media.

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