The Chairman of the Military Council, General Min Aung Hlaing, said on October 15 that there are currently ten groups that have signed the NCA, and the rest of the ethnic groups are invited to sign the NCA. The eighth anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) is being held on October 15 at the Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC II) in Nay Pyi Taw.

“There are currently ten ethnic armed groups that have signed the NCA. We invite the rest of the ethnic groups that have not yet signed the NCA to sign the NCA and build peace.” Today’s ceremony was held by the Karen Peace Council (KNU/KNLA-PC), which signed the NCA. Democratic Karen Army (DKBA); Reconstruction Council of Shan State (RCSS); Pao National Liberation League (PNLO); Rakhine State Liberation Party (ALP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) attended.

Karen National Union (KNU); Chin National Front (CNF) and All Myanmar Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) did not attend. However, today’s ceremony was attended by former KNU President General Mutu Say Po and ABSDF Vice President Comrade Myo Win, and they were the leaders who participated in the signing of the NCA.

KNU spokesperson Pado Saw Toni said today, October 15th, that the NCA contract is completely gone since the military council has destroyed the cease-fire agreements and political talks, even though it actively participated in the NCA.

General Secretary of the All Myanmar Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), Comrade Sonny, said that although he was invited by the Military Council, he did not attend because the NCA had ended. The NCA agreement was signed in 2015 under U Thein Sein’s government by eight ethnic armed groups, KNU, KNU/KNLA-PC); DKBA CNF PNLO ABSDF The ALP and RCSS joined and started signing.

In 2018 during the NLD government, the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU), The New Mon State Party (NMSP) also signed the NCA agreement, bringing the number of groups that have signed the NCA to ten. After the military coup, the Karen National Union (KNU); The Chin National Front (CNF) and the All Myanmar Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) opposed the military coup and did not hold talks with the military council.

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