“4 leaders of armed groups” arrive in Naypyidaw to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the signing of the National Cooperation Agreement with the Burmese government.

MGR Online – Leaders of 4 ethnic military groups (RCSS, PNLO, LDU and KNU) arrive in Naypyidaw. To commemorate the eighth anniversary of the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government.

Yesterday (October 13), leaders of at least four ethnic armed groups arrived in Naypyidaw. Capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to participate in the ceremony celebrating the eighth anniversary of the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, which will be held tomorrow at the Myanmar International Conference Center-2.

Among the commanders of the four armed forces is General Chow Yuet Suk. Chairman of the Shan State Restoration Council or Southern Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), Khun Awka, Chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO), Colonel Sor Lamon, Chairman of the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU), and Saw Mutosebo, former President of Southern Shan State . Karen National Union.

Currently, there are 10 ethnic armed groups that have signed national cooperation agreements with the Myanmar government, including:
1. Shan State Restoration Council (RCSS/SSA)
2. The Karen National Union (KNU), which includes two armed forces, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO).
3. National Liberation Organization (PNLO)
4. Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA)
5. Chin National Front (CNF)
6. Burmese Student Democratic Front (ABSDF)
7. Arakan Liberation Party (ALP)
8. Karen National Peace Council (KNU/KNLA-PC)
9. New Mon State Party (NMSP)
10. Lahu Democratic Union (LDU)

The first eight groups signed the National Change Agreement with the government of President Theing Sein on October 15, 2015. The last two groups are the New Mon State Party. The Lahu Democratic Union signed the National Change Agreement with the National League for Democracy government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 13, 2018.

However, after the Burmese army coup on 1 February 2021, the two Karen army groups under the Karen National Union took up arms to fight with the Burmese army again. Furthermore, the Karen National Union elected Zaw Quy Thu Win as a new president to replace Zaw. The Karen National Union said Motosebo, who resigned from his position due to advanced age, had not sent an official representative to tomorrow’s celebrations. While the Burmese Students Democratic Alliance and the Chin National Front informed that they would not send a representative to participate.

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