Law Khee Lar EAO summit: Day to Day

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 13:06

Day One. 2 June 2015


17 out of 21 EAOs attend.

Chairs: Mutu Saypoe, N’Banla and Khun Myint Tun

Chair message: NCA will pave the way for political dialogue. Pragmatic approach i.e. working toward progressive realization is the driving principle for negotiation.

Nambiar and Sun Guoxiang: as already reported by agencies.

Nai Hongsa delivers NCCT report.

Saw Mra Raza Lin reads out NCA draft.

Questions for NCCT:

  • Did the NCCT have mandate?
  • What if we do not get the desired outcome at PD?
  • Why some articles are left to be negotiated later?
  • Can the draft be changed? etc.


Day Two. 3 June 2015


Chairs: N’Banla, Khaing Re Khaing and Pu Lian Uk

Chair: Government promise for federal union has no substance, as shown by continued offensives against EAOs.

Each EAO reads out assessments and recommendations on NCA:

  • Change of words
  • Registration with an international body
  • Inclusiveness

NCCT response:

We have not sacrificed the principles laid down by previous EAO summits. When we could not get agreement on a point, we made a condition that it should be negotiated again in future. Some NCCT members did not appear to inform their own EAOs properly. NCCT could work on what was mandated. For instance, it was not mandated to reduce armed conflicts that took place during negotiations. One reason for the NCCT to try to get a final draft at the 7th meeting was because of information that the UPWC had run out of mandate.

37 out of 40 points for the COC (Code of Conduct) that came out of previous EAO summits are in the draft. But for JMC (Joint Monitoring Committees), more work still needs to be done.


Day Three. 4 June 2015


Chairs: Abel Tweed, Zipporah Sein and Kya Khun Sa

Chair: Political battle will be harder than gun battle. Experience shows armed conflict will lead to no end. Political problems should be solved by political means. Equality, Right of Self Determination and genuine federal union are our common goal.

Main agenda is to go through recommendation put forward by EAOs. Copies of document combining 36 amendment proposals and 15 other suggestions is distributed.

Discussions today cover chapters 1, 2, 3. Hot issues include:

  • According to Panglong spirit or agreement
  • “According to the outcome of Political Dialogue”
  • “Those who should participate in Political Dialogue”
  • Security related reintegration and
  • Recruitment

Hot debate follows

Summit forms 19 person committee to lead the Summit.


Day Four. 5 June 2015


Chairs: Khaing Soe Naing Aung, Dr Laja and Nai Aung Min

Chair urges summit to stick to tripartite principle.

Continues EAOs’ recommendations to amend the NCA draft:

  • Security related reintegration (Chapter 3, Article 6)
  • In accordance with the law (Chapter3, Article 9)
  • NGOs and INGOs to get government permission to assist the IDPs
  • Whether COC should be include in detail in NCA text or separately Chinese representatives leave.

Another day of hot debate.


Day Five. 6 June 2015


Chairs: Khun Myint Tun, Sao Perng Fa and Ta Maha

Chair: The NCCT has built a bridge for all of us to cross.

Nambiar calls on both government and EAOs to be flexible in order to make great changes. He leaves today.

Discussions continue:

  • DDR – Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (Chapter 5, Article 20 (c))
  • Women’s 30 percent participation

They have covered chapters 4, 5, 6. Temperature 37 degree. All will try to wind up tomorrow.


Day Six. 7 June 2015

Chairs: Mutu Saypoe, Nai Hongsa and Dr Khin Maung

Today’s session manages to review all NCA chapters based on EAOs’ recommendations. No group is against signing, declares Nai Hongsa.

Day Seven is expected to touch on draft framework for political dialogue, setting up of high level supervisory body similar to the government’s Union Peacemaking Central Committee (UPCC), and the Conference statement.

The Irrawaddy reports that:

A coordination team will be formed to negotiate the inclusion of the MNDAA, AA and TNLA. The team will also be tasked with negotiating 15 proposed amendments to the NCA draft text.


Day Seven. 8 June 2015

Zipporah Sein, KNU vice chair, is assigned to lead the new 15 person coordination team to negotiate with the government. The NCCT at the same time remains as it is.

Many representatives have already left today. The conference is to “really” conclude tomorrow.