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Govt Bars AA From Peace Talks

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The government will not invite the Arakan Army (AA) to the fourth session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong, a top government spokesperson said on August 5.
U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President’s Office, said seven ethnic armed groups that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) – which the government requires the groups to sign before they can join the national peace process – will be invited to the talks in Nay Pyi Taw from August 19-21.
The government will invite the United Wa State Party and Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), the two largest ethnic armed groups in the country.
Other NCA holdouts to be invited are the Shan State Progress Party, Karenni National Progressive Party, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the National Democratic Alliance Army, and Ta’ang National Liberation Army.
Colonel Naw Bu, a spokesperson for the KIO, which is a member of the Northern Alliance with the AA, said that if the government excludes the AA, it will be difficult to achieve peace in the country.

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