Ten armed groups in Myanmar “Stop negotiations…Support for public protests” :: Sympathetic media Newsis news agency ::

10 ethnic minority rebel groups signed by the NCA, including the Karen National Federation
Joint statement at the end of the two-day meeting… “Cooperation with international society and domestic and foreign organizations”
Condemning military and police violence Unconditional release request

[양곤=AP/뉴시스]On the 17th, protesters against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, gather at an intersection near Sule Pagoda for a massive demonstration. 2021.02.17.
[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Jeong-won Shin = On the 20th, 10 ethnic minority armed groups that signed the National Armistice Agreement (NCA) with the Myanmar government will no longer negotiate with the military government and will support public protests protesting the coup.

In a joint statement on the day, the groups said, “We support the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), military coups, and public protests against military dictatorships.” Local media Myanmar Now reported.

The Karen People’s Union (KNU), a representative rebel group representing the Karen tribes, said they plan to cooperate with the international community and domestic and international organizations to end the dictatorship.

They also criticized the military police for violently suppressing peaceful protesters and demanded unconditional release of those arrested after the military coup on the 1st.

The joint statement came after two days of discussion.

At the online conference that day, an opinion came out, saying, “The future seems more difficult” and “We must be with the people.”

The NCA is a ceasefire agreement between the Myanmar government and the military and minority armed groups. Myanmar, a multi-ethnic country, has continued political dialogue to achieve the vision of a democratic federal system after a long civil war that has lasted for over 70 years since independence from Britain in 1948.

Eight organizations, including KNU, signed the NCA in 2015 during the days of President Tain Sain, and the Mons (NMSP) and Lahu (LDU) additionally participated in February 2018, when Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi served as the national advisor.

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