Wa party to demand for Self Determination


The United Wa State Army (UWSA)’s political wing United Wa State Party (UWSP) has drawn another counter proposal which includes a point to demand for a state with the Right of Self Determination from the new government, according to UWSP sources.

The new proposal which is to be presented to the new government that is expected to be installed early next year includes the following 6 points:

  • The Wa stands for the Wa State’s peace and development
  • The Wa State shall have its own armed force. Wa weapons will remain in Wa hands. The Wa armed force will also remain in Wa State.
  • The Wa will not secede from the Union
  • The Wa will never demand or declare independence under any (Union) government
  • The Wa will steadfastly demand for a state with the Right of Self Determination from every (Union) government until it is achieved
  • The Wa are ready to discuss Wa affairs with the upcoming government, upholding a policy of non-alignment and neutrality.

“The words that we said that we will uphold non-alignment and neutrality policy means we [the Wa] won’t side either with the new government or with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 21st century Panglong conference,” a Wa officer said. “But we will discuss Wa affairs with any new government until we achieve self-determination.”

The said proposal was drawn at the UWSP’s 5th annual district level party congress which is being held in Mongmai, 170 km north of its main base Panghsang from 20 December to 29 December.

Moreover, the group will not also stay under other countries’ policy, the officer added.

According to him, the UWSP leading party committee will send its delegation after the congress to talk with the new government on the basis of ‘Opposition to War’ and ‘Work for Peace and Development’ principle.

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