Paper: Political guarantees needed before nationwide ceasefire
A briefing paper that came out late October has recommended that political guarantees are necessary "before permanent ceasefire and a nationwide peace can truly be declared."
The 20 page paper, jointly published by Transnational Institute (TNI) and Burma Centrum Nederland (BCN), was distributed at a quiet seminar in Bangkok held last month.
"There have been too many disappointments and injustices in Burma's past for simple optimism now," reads its page-2.
The suggestion coincided with the 11 point common position by the ethnic armed organizations at the 30 October-2 November Laiza conference, that had called for, among others:
- Adherence to the Panglong Agreement signed in 1947 that had united the then lowland Burma with the then Frontier Areas
- Convening a national conference based on the spirit and principles of Panglong
- Ratification and implementation of the accord reached (at the national conference)
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