NSCN (K) invited to Panglong

DIMAPUR, JUL 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 11:33:34 PM IST
Myanmar government has invited NSCN (K) as observer to the third session of the 21st Century Panglong conference, scheduled to be held at Nay Pyi Taw from July 11-16, 2018.
According to a Myanmar Times report, the government has also invited all members of the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC), also known as Northern Alliance, to attend the conference.
The decision comes after the tripartite Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee’s first day of meetings in Nay Pyi Taw to prepare for the conference next week. The joint committee includes representatives of government, the military, signatory groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and political parties. Although the NSCN (K) signed a state-level ceasefire accord with the Myanmar government in April 2012, it is not a signatory to the NCA.
Besides NSCN (K), the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) has also been invited as observer. Both NSCN (K) and KNPP are not members of FPNCC. The KNPP has confirmed that it will attend the conference. No members of the FPNCC have signed the NCA.
At the conference next week, the government, military, political parties, and signatory groups will discuss political, economic, social, security, land and environmental issues. Civil society groups will also join the conference as participants.
The Peace Commission has invited armed ethnic groups that have not signed the National Ceasefire Agreement to attend, and most of them have accepted.
“The commission has invited all non-signatories of the NCA. They can participate in the meetings of the armed ethnic groups at the conference,” said U Tin Myo Win, chairperson of the commission. The conference will be divided into several groups to discuss different topics. 
The non-signatories will not be allowed to participate in other groups apart from their own at the conference. The commission said that security issues would not be discussed at the conference.  The invitation letters were sent to the leaders of each armed ethnic group. 

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