Burma Correspondent: The leaders of Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) have determined not to take part at the Burma’s national political talk duly to commence on 12 January.
The general secretary of SNLD, Mr, Sai Nyunt Lwin informed SHAN that they would select four party members to participate at dialogue conference but the leaders of party as well as Khun Htun Oo will not attend.
“Khun Tun Oo is not going to take part and the dialogue will be meaningless without the participation of everyone” said he.
The peace conference is duly to be held for 5 days, 12-16 of January and is set allow seven hundreds delegates from government, parliament, the army, the eight Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signatory groups, political parties and experts as well as observers. The Non-signatory armed groups are to be welcomed as observers.”Participating or not, the fighting has been continuously happening in several places, it has not halted yet”, Sai Leik, a SNLD spokeman said.
NLD (National League for Democracy) leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is not even going to take part the summit, but the Other NLD delegates will participate instead. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not attend the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signing ceremony held on 15 October earlier. There are reports that the leaders of Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army-North (SSPP/SSA-N), a non-signatory to the NCA, will also not attend the peace summit.
On 5th of January 2016, more than 100 civil society organizations published a statement seeking a halt to talks due to continuous attack between government and the ethnic weaponry groups in both Kachin and Shan States.