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October 14, 2015

Ethnic armed groups removed from blacklist
The Ministry of Home Affairs announced on October 12 that three ethnic armed groups have been removed from the list of unlawful associations. These groups are among the eight that have pledged to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).

The ethnic delegation met with government representatives in Nay Pyi Taw on October 12, and the announcement was made during their meeting.

The three armed groups removed from the blacklist are the Karen National Union, the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army and the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front.

The project groups signing the NCA, including the Chin National Front, Pa-Oh National Liberation Organisation, Karen National Liberation Army – Peace Council, Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and Arakan Liberation Party, were not blacklisted.

Twenty local witnesses, including Aung San Suu Kyi and Khun Tun Oo, were invited to the NCA signing ceremony.

Suu Kyi expressed concern over the partial participation of ethnic armed groups in the agreement.

“We understood that the nationwide ceasefire would include the whole country. To the best of our knowledge, there are seventeen ethnic armed groups. And we learned that not more than eight groups will sign the deal. If we’re invited, the party will send a representative. But we want all ethnic groups to sign the agreement. We believe we should sign the agreement only if it’s signed by all parties. If we sign it without the others, we’re afraid it would estrange them. We welcome the progress on the ceasefire deal, but we’d like to participate in the agreement only if it’s fully inclusive,” Suu Kyi said on October 11.

The NLD will send its central committee member Win Htein to the signing ceremony as its representative. eleven media

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