By Kay Zue
On Monday, 23 March 2015
The 7th round of ceasefire talks will take a pause and will resume on March 30 because some points remain to be discussed.
The leaders of the ethnic armed groups and the government held a press conference on March 22 at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon, after their talks, to say four points have still to be worked on.
U Hla Maung Shwe, a senior official with the Myanmar Peace Centre, said, “Only the point that mentions how the [ethnic armed groups] should live [behave] in the ‘interim’ needs to be fully discussed. The other points are just small clauses.”
Chapter six of the ceasefire agreement, entitled “Interim period” needs to be discussed and some text of some points of chapters three and four will be amended, he said.
The “Interim period” outlines how ethnic armed groups must behave after reaching the ceasefire agreement and during the period that political dialogue will be held.
Speaking on the subject of the “interim period,” Col Khun Okkar, a spokesman of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, said: “We want to preserve our status quo. We want our troops to be all in place. We will improve security in our states and carry out development for our states.”
He said that the ethnic armed groups would hold discussions and negotiations among themselves in preparation for March 30, the day the ceasefire talks will resume.
The 7th round of the nationwide ceasefire talks between the Union Peacemaking Working Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team began on March 17.