Peace Accord Signatories to Hold Talks With Myanmar State Counselor, Military Chief

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s military chief, and representatives from ethnic armed groups that have signed the government’s nationwide cease-fire accord will discuss basic principles for a future federal system of governance and a one-army policy when they meet on Oct. 15, leaders who are involved in the process said Friday.

The de facto leader of the Southeast Asian nation, commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and ethnic army leaders will hold their discussions in the Poppa region of Kyaukpadaung township in central Myanmar’s Mandalay region, they said.

The meeting will be the first time that the heads of the government, military, and ethnic armed organizations have engaged in direct talks since the start of Myanmar’s peace process in 2011, though the ethnic armies have met separately with Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Aung Hlaing in the past.

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