UNFC to seek talks with Aung San Suu Kyi and the army chief

A coalition of ethnic armed groups that has yet to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the Myanmar government has asked for meetings with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing later this month in order to revive the deadlocked talks on peace negotiations, according to The Irrawaddy Online on Wednesday.

A letter requesting the meeting was sent by the United Nationalisties Federal Council (UNFC) on Monday, said the coalition spokesman Nai Ong Ma-nge, adding that the group expected a reply in ten days.

Negotiations on the UNFC’s eight-point proposal have been going on for 17 months since 2016 until mid-November when the last formal meeting was held with the government, with a deadlock yet to be broken.

Nai Ong Mae-nge said the coalition would like to continue the discussions, but two of the eight proposals have yet to be agreed.

He added that the continued negotiations are important for the peace process.