Day Five. Thursday, 16 February 2017
You are a reasonable man.
It’s just that you’ve never been approached the right way.
Maureen O’Hara, The Redhead from Wyoming (1953)
The KNU delegation with the cadet school faculty, 16 February 2017. (Photo: PI)
The meeting today with the KIO CEC lasts 5 hours, 08:00-13-00, with a 20minute break in-between.
Gen N’Ban La opens the meeting:
(For those readers, who are unfamiliar with the guideline, which was first adopted in 2005 by Thai border-based organizations, here it is:
Other than him, there’s only Gen Gun Maw who takes the floor, despite the presence of several prominent leaders like Sumlut Gam, Lanan, and Laphai La, to name a few.
Gun Maw strongly supports the cooperation among SMJH and Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC) of which KNU is a member and Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU), of which RCSS is a member.
Altogether, the three EAOs will be working together at least in three areas:
The KA 25, produced by KIA factory. (Photo:PI)
Gen N’Ban La concludes the meeting with the remark: Signing the NCA means submission to the 2008 constitution.
Which seems to be different what he had said on 20 January. The thought comes to me that maybe he is reflecting the general view of the KIO CEC. (Col Hkun Okker later recalled that at the Lawkhilar Conference in 2015, the matter was already resolved by the decision that signing the NCA would not mean accepting the 2008 constitution.)
In the afternoon, we visit three places:
The KNU delegation with the KIA cadets, 16 February 2017. (Photo: PI)
The day ends with a 3 hour discussion on SSR/DDR between the KNU’s JMC expert Ta Do Moo and top KIA officers led by deputy chief of staff Brig Gen Khawng Lum.
The next day we are back in Kunming.
The following day is spent reviewing our trip. All conclude that it has been a rewarding trip that further cements the relations between the signatories and non-signatories.
The problem of being signatories and non-signatories still persists nevertheless. To this, the review session decides to leave well enough alone. That a policy other than the respect for each other’s right of self-determination will ruin any progress we have made.
On 19 February, we are back in Chiangmai.
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