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"Fighting In Kachin Must Stop If Mon Ceasefire Is To Be Signed"

By AZAN

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

On the 65th anniversary of Mon National Day, one of the top issues on peoples’ mind is the potential ceasefire agreement between the Burmese government and the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

In order to have a ceasefire agreement there first needs to be peace in the Kachin State, said the party’s chairman, speaking at the celebration that was held in Blaeh-Donephai village. The celebration took place at Three Pagodas Pass Township near the Thailand-Burma border today.

Nai Htaw Mon, the chairman of the NMSP said, “There are two important issues for our party, in order to have a ceasefire agreement. One is to have peace in Kachin State. The other is for the government of Burma to show their willingness to have political dialogue.”

Mon soldiers on parade at Mon National Day on Feb. 8, 2012. (Photo:Azan)

Government troops have been fighting the Kachin Independent Army in Kachin State, even though the NMSP has asked the government to stop the fighting more than once.

From the peace talks, five points have been agreed upon between both the NMSP and Aung Min Railway Minister that was representing the Burmese government. Peace talks took place in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, on the 1st of February. No agreement has yet been signed.

Both sides intend to meet again in order to sign the formal agreement, which is expected to take place during the third week of this same month.

Leaders of the Mon State, however, said that they did not trust what Aung Min and the Chief Minister of Mon State, Ohn Myint, told them in regards to the potential agreement. One of the expectations is for the allowance of the Mon language to officially be taught once the ceasefire is signed.

Leaders said that all the talks took place in a face-to-face manner and were not through sources in Naypyidaw.

With regards to the ceasefire agreement, NMSP will soon have a gathering of party leaders and vote whether the party will sign the ceasefire agreement with the government.

NMSP leaders have said that they have not seen a political advantage through the potential ceasefire as they have had ceasefire agreements over the past 15 years. In the past, however, there has been no political dialogue.

With celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the Mon National Day taking place, the Mon people carry a slogan to continue with their fight for an autonomous state.

Leaders of the NMSP still believe that the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will be helpful to the armed ethnic groups in their future fight against the Burmese government.

Leaders spoke to the Mon people asking them to join hands and fight for the rights of the Mon people. They also spoke to the necessity of joining hands with other ethnic groups of the same ideal in the fight for federal union in Burma.

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COMMENTS: I want to ask M.N.S.P. We have ( UNFC ) right? If Burmese military want to talk cease- fire agreement with to the government why? They don't go to talk to ( UNFC). It is all of ethnic groups are joining groups. Why Burmese military leader go to talk to M.N.S.P Karen, and another group.group by group.Why? Burmese military do like that? We call separate to ethnic group each other. You must walk before you run. All of ethnic groups must be respect (UNFC). Do you know how to do politic? If you wait so far so good. Because Burmese military government is owning a lots of money from other counties. Why Burmese military want cease-fire to some ethnic groups? They want to do business to other countries. they want to pay back that money. If all of ethnic groups not agree with Burmese military. What happening next? Think about that. $ 20000 Millions Burmese military must pay back. If not our country sale to other countries. Now Burmese military government is needing help.

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