SHAN STATE – It was learned from some of the representatives who attended the meeting that the talks between the junta council and the three Northern Alliance parties held in Mongla, Shan State, coordinated by the Chinese ambassador, ended without a political agreement on the second day.
The meeting that was scheduled to be held from June 1 to 3 was canceled on June 2 due to a problem. The military council wanted to discuss political issues, but the three northern alliance members did not want to discuss the issue, so the talks were halted, according to some of the leaders who participated in the talks.
Therefore, the meeting prepared to be held for three days was completely canceled on the second day. It is reported that the three northern alliance groups have discussed only the release of all the captured prisoners, cancellation of the illegal association designation and the Mocha Cyclone relief work.
The main talking points from the three northern alliance members in the June 1 meeting were to release all prisoners from captivity, to cancel the designation as an illegal organization and to speed up the relief works on Cyclone Mocha affected regions in Rakhine State, Mr. U Khine Thukha, the spokesperson of Arakan Army.
“We discussed to release all prisoners from captivity, then to cancel the designation of illegal organisation and to deliver the humanitarian assistance in a timely manner to the cyclone affected Rakhine State, meaning to allow the delivery of aids with no restrictions.”
“The discussion points from the junta council included to build a Union based on democracy and federalism, multi-party democracy politics and to develop peace,” Mr. Khine Thukha added.
“They discussed mainly on multi-party democracy, strengthening of political dialogue, building a Union based on democracy and federalism, to build Union and development matters hand in hand and to build trust. They prooritized and explained on these matters. (But) Building of trust will take time. Things are like this now because there is a lack of trust. We didn’t really contribute to the discussion. We just listened to their presentation and returned,” he said.