- Title: Myanmar's government urges ethnic minorities to sign ceasefire agreement
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF ETHNIC MINORITY GROUP REPRESENTATIVES GOING THROUGH SECURITY KACHIN INDEPENDENCE ARMY GENERAL, N BAN LA, ARRIVING, SURROUNDED BY MEDIA VARIOUS OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM UNITED WA STATE ETHNIC GROUP (IN RED) STANDING AND TALKING VARIOUS OF ETHNIC MINORITY GROUP REPRESENTATIVES REGISTERING PEOPLE GATHERING IN HALL, SIGN READING (Burmese and English) "UNION PEACE CONFERENCE - 21ST CENTURY PANGLONG" VARIOUS OF MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI ARRIVING VARIOUS OF MYANMAR'S COMMANDER IN CHIEF, SENIOR GENERAL MIN AUNG HLAING, ARRIVING INTERIOR OF CONFERENCE ROOM SUU KYI WALKING INTO CONFERENCE ROOM AND PEOPLE STANDING UP PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES AND SITTING DOWN SUU KYI GETTING UP FROM HER SEAT SUU KYI WALKING ONTO STAGE MILITARY OFFICERS SITTING SUU KYI STANDING AT PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR, AUNG SAN SUU KYI, SAYING: "We will keep open the door to dialogue with non-signatory ethnic armed organizations and strive to bring them under the umbrella of the National Ceasefire Agreement." AUDIENCE SITTING MIN AUNG HLAING WALKING UP TO STAGE MIN AUNG HLAING WALKING ONTO STAGE AND BOWING AUDIENCE SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR'S ARMY CHIEF, SENIOR GENERAL MIN AUNG HLAING, SAYING: "I want to give a clear message to the armed ethnic groups that the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) does not mean surrender." AUDIENCE SITTING VARIOUS OF MYANMAR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LEADERS OF ETHNIC MINORITY GROUPS POSING FOR FAMILY PHOTO EXTERIOR OF VENUE VEHICLES LEAVING
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 10:23
- Keywords: ceasefire agreement ethnic minorities Aung San Suu Kyi 21st Century Panglong peace talks Myanmar
- Location: NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR
- City: NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR
- Country: Myanmar
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I762BP
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Myanmar's government on Wednesday (May 24) urged the ethnic minority groups in the country to sign the National Ceasefire Agreement during the opening of the latest round of talks hoping to revive a stuttered peace process.
Ending decades of near-perpetual civil war is Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi's stated No. 1 priority - which she sees as key to unlocking the resource-rich country's potential and guaranteeing basic development for its more than 50 million people.
But the conference comes amid continued tensions between ethnic armed groups, the military and Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi, and it is unlikely to see any new groups join a landmark ceasefire accord negotiated by the previous administration.
Ethnic armed groups have complained that Suu Kyi has taken a top-down, approach to the process, unilaterally dictating the agenda, often ignoring or misunderstanding their grievances and siding too closely with the military.
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