Kachin ethnic peace group coordinating with gov't on transition process: official media
www.chinaview.cn 2009-09-14 13:42:17   Print

    YANGON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), an ethnic peace group which ceasefired with the government in 1994, is coordinating with the government on a transition process of formation of a frontier force under the command of the central government before 2010 general election, official media said on Monday.

    "We accept the transition in principle," a Sept. 9 announcement of the KIO was quoted by an approved article of Khaing Myo Nyilar Aung carried in the New Light of Myanmar as saying.

    According to the KIO announcement, the KIO central committee members held a meeting in Laiza on Sept. 5 with 324 attendees.

    The announcement said "the government of the Union of Myanmar and KIO strongly oppose armed clashes with a view to making coordination and discussions based on mutual trust at the time of promoting peace".

    The KIO has recently allowed its six top members, led by Vice Chairman Dr. Tuja to resign and form Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) and run for 2010 general election, according to the media's earlier article.

    The article disclosed that the government has initiated a program for ethnic armed groups, which have ceasefired and returned to the legal fold, to be formed into frontier forces under the control of the Commander-in-chief of the Defense Services.

    "The government will take responsibilities for security of their assets and lives. The leaders of the peace groups will have the rights to stand for 2010 election and take seats in the administrative organs of the regions concerned in consistent with the law," the article stressed.

    In Kachin state, there established some two special regions for the resettlement of Kachin ethnic peace groups after they returned to the government's legal fold about 15 years ago with the New Democratic Army (NDA-Kachin) in Kachin State Special Region-1 and KIO in Kachin State Special Region-2.

    Meanwhile, a group of Bai Xuoqian, who broke away from the Kokang ethnic army and joined the government after the government forces took control of Shan State Kokang Region in the northeastern part on Aug. 29, told foreign journalists recently in Laukkai that they accepts the government leadership and will take part in the general election in 2010.

    The official media also quoted another local ethnic sources as saying that the New Mon State Party (NMSP) peace group, which returned to the legal fold in 1995, will also form a political party to run for the election, led by resigned central committee members.

    Since the present government came to power in late 1988, 17 anti-government major ethnic armed groups and over 20 small groups were claimed to have returned to the legal fold by signing respective ceasefire agreements with the government.

    Under the government's fifth step of its seven-step roadmap announced in 2003, a multi-party democracy general election is to be held in 2010 in accordance with the 2008 new state constitution to produce parliament representatives and form a new civilian government.

    The 2008 new state constitution prescribes that all the armed forces in the union shall be under the command of the Defense Services.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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