Myanmar coup chief Senior Normal Min Aung Hlaing attends an Armed Forces Day parade in Naypyitaw. / The Irrawaddy
By The Irrawaddy 23 March 2021
Yangon — Some signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Settlement (NCA) say they won’t attend an occasion organized by Myanmar’s navy to mark Armed Forces Day on March 27.
The navy regime’s invitation to the Karen Nationwide Union (KNU) to attend the occasion unfold broadly on social media, prompting the ethnic armed group to tweet: “The KNU will solely attend ceremonies that replicate dignity, humanity, justice and freedom for all.”
A KNU official stated: “The occasion coincides with the assembly of the central committee. The assembly will final for a month so it’s unlikely that we’ll attend the Armed Forces Day occasion.”
Navy tensions are escalating between the navy regime and KNU Brigade 5 in Papun District, Karen State, with casualties and residents being compelled from their properties.
The KNU has offered safety for protests in opposition to the navy dictatorship.
U Than Khae, chairman of the All Burma College students’ Democratic Entrance (ABSDF), which additionally signed the NCA in 2015, stated the armed group wouldn’t attend the occasion.
“I haven’t obtained a private invitation. It might need been despatched to the ABSDF workplace. We now have no plans to attend,” he stated.
One other signatory, Pa-O Nationwide Liberation Group (PNLO), stated it could not attend the occasion. Main Kham San, spokesman for the Restoration Council of Shan State, stated he doesn’t know if the armed group has been invited and the central committee has not decided.
The NCA signatory has provided asylum to anti-regime protesters, navy personnel, police and authorities workers taking part within the civil disobedience motion in its territory. It stated it has already given asylum to some people.
The New Mon State Occasion (NMSP)’s inner affairs officer Nai Banyar Leh stated he didn’t know if the celebration headquarters has obtained an invite and couldn’t say if the group would attend the March 27 occasion.
The Peace Course of Steering Workforce of the NCA signatories introduced in February that it totally helps the strikes in opposition to the navy regime and has halted political dialogue with the navy council.
The ABSDF, Arakan Liberation Occasion, Chin Nationwide Entrance, Democratic Karen Benevolent Military, KNU, Karen Nationwide Liberation Military Peace Council, PNLO, RCSS, NMSP and Lahu Democratic Union signed the NCA with the federal government in 2015.
Armed Forces Day, also referred to as Resistance Day, is well known yearly on March 27, the day Myanmar’s military pushed again Japanese forces in 1945. The occasion was canceled final yr attributable to COVID-19. Myanmar’s navy is planning to prepare the occasion this yr.
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