Thanks to you on both sides of the fence, the final Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) draft is now agreed by all on 7 August. The only question remains is whether there’ll be a signing of it.
The Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) plan is as follows, according to insider sources:
What will happen after the Big Seven meeting is of course still open to further questions— and arguments.
Some of which are:
· Signing before the end of August (C-in-C will be traveling abroad, Election campaigns begin in September)
· Signing before elections
· Three of the EAOs, (Arakan National Council, Wa National Organization, Lahu Democratic Union) haven’t exchanged fire with the Burma Army. No fire, so no ceasefire necessary
· As for the other 3 (Arakan Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and Ta-ang National Liberation Army): AA is part of KIO, MNDAA guilty of “violation of sovereignty”, and TNLA needs to sign bilateral ceasefire first
· We need time to hold a summit; it is not easy to organize one
· Signing during the current government’s tenure.
· They are our people
· If the 3 are left behind the NCA will be meaningless. Government needs to show more magnanimity
Then there are questions and arguments from the government’s side too.
· President Thein Sein doesn’t deserve credit for the peace process
· We don’t trust C-in-C Min Aung Hlaing
· (Wa, Mong La) we don’t need to sign the NCA. We will only join the peace process after the NCA is signed.
· We want to hold another summit before sending the Big Five to Naypyitaw
· The Big Five want to meet the President and C-in-C
Who else is?
Who then do you trust?
· If you don’t, others will also use it as an excuse to skip the NCA
· Since each EAO will have already met and decided whether to sign or not by that time, is another summit necessary?
· Is there going to be the signing of NCA afterward?
Of course, there are more questions. But these should be enough for the present.
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