Burma-Myanmar: New Mon State Party (NMSP) will not discuss ceasefire until fighting ends in Kachin State
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) will not meet with Burmese Minister of Railways Aung Min this month to discuss a ceasefire between the armed group and the central government, as the Tatmadaw continues with its military offensive in Kachin State, according to Mon sources.
“We have no plans to meet Aung Min because they [the Burmese government] have ignored our demand to stop fighting in Kachin State,” said Nai Hong Sar, the secretary of NMSP.
Aung Min requested a meeting with leaders of NMSP during the peace talks in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand, on December 23.
“Our policy is based on the decision of the UNFC [United Nationalities Federal Council]. We will not enter into a ceasefire alone. Instead of having an advantage, we are worried that we will have a disadvantage if we take the ceasefire individually,” said Nai Hong Sar.
NMSP and Mon community leaders have doubts about the Burmese government’s intentions to have peace talks individually with various ethnic armed groups while continuing to fight against the Kachin Independence Army.
The NMSP has asked the Burmese government to declare a nationwide ceasefire in order to bring peace to the entire country.