Narinjara News, 5 August 2016
Peace Commission has planned to meet the representatives of three ethnic armed outfits of Burma namely The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Arakan Army (AA) at Mongla locality.
Lt Gen (rtd) Khing Zaw Oo, secretary of Peace Commission disclosed it on Monday while talking to the local media persons after a discussion with National Democratic Alliance Army (Mongla), which is based in Shan State.
“We would like to meet the ethnic armed groups (TNLA, MNDAA and AA) in the coming days. We are yet to decide the venue but it would be somewhere at Mongla,” added Khing Zaw Oo.
It may be mentioned that TNLA, MNDAA and AA cadres have been involved in various military and political alliances. Many clashes among themselves and also with the Tatmadaw were reported in northern Shan and Rakhine State last year.
TNLA, MNDAA and AA are still excluded from the ongoing peace process as they allegedly denied to follow the peace guidelines, laid down by the Union government in NayPieTaw. The Burma Army accused that all these ethnic armed groups did not prefer to disarm their cadres before joining the peace process.
Arakan Army is recognized as the largest armed outfit in Arakan which participated in the plenary session of ethnic armed organizations held in Mai Ja Yanng of Kachin State on 26 to 30 July 2016, where of course TNLA and MNDAA did not participate. The meeting discussed various issues emerged after the Union government’s plan to organize the 21st century Panlong peace conference.