NMSP Won’t Attend Talks In Naypyidaw

By Network Media Group
Monday, May 29, 2023

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) has written to the State Administration Council informing them of the ethnic armed organisation’s (EAO) intention not to participate in discussions with regime leaders that includes other EAOs from the Peace Process Steering Committee (PPST).

According to Pa-O leader Col Khun Okker, who is also a leading member of the PPST, the NMSP said in its letter that “the military regime mainly discusses what it wants and doesn’t listen to the opposing groups at the meetings” in Naypyidaw.

The NMSP’s withdrawal will limit cooperation between the EAOs and the regime, he said. However, the NMSP will continue to cooperate with the PPST in other ways.

“We’re still discussing with them on how they can work with us and on which issues we’ll cooperate. For example, they can cooperate with us on foreign affairs and go on a trip abroad with us or provide humanitarian aid that has nothing to do with Naypyidaw.”

The PPST was formed with the 10 EAOs that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015. But after the coup, only 6 of the original signatories have continued talks with the military regime, including the NMSP, since its recent withdrawal.

They are Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army – Peace Council, Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army, Arakan Liberation Party, Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, Pa-O National Liberation Organisation and Lahu Democratic Union.