Wa ethnic armed group who are based in Wa Special Region-2 in northeastern Shan State has come up with an ceasefire agreement to further strengthen their cooperation with Myanmar’s central government.
The central government’s peace representatives spearheaded by U Aung Thaung and the chairman of Wa group U Pauk Yu Chang had their second peace talk agreement which was held in Pansan, Shan State last Monday, Xinhua, the Chinese News Agency reported.
It was agreed upon that it will continue to talk about the involvement of Wa groups in parliamentary affairs under six terms and conditions which will be signed after their meeting, according to Xinhua reports.
In the agreement it also compromises both the central government and the Wa group to help support in the maintenance of security and defense.
Another agreement is that the government will extend and exhaust all possible services whether long and short term aid in Wa region in terms of their socio-economic development, human resources development as well as their health and education, the report said.
The first peace talks by both sides were held in Lashio, the northern Shan State last October. Their agreements which was signed include the reopening the office of health and communication and education. Others indicated the cooperation on eliminating the use of illegal drugs, to encourage the development of border areas and to render basic economic necessities, it said.
Shan State (North) Special Region-2 is the place where the United Wa State Army (UWSA), under U Pauk Yu Chang was housed after it returned to government in May 1989.
Wa group is one of the five peace groups that did not agree on the call of the government to transform border guard forces which is under its control.
With the government’s attempt to promote peace in the entire region, Wa leader made remarkable pronouncement on all anti -government ethnic groups who are armed to join for peace talks and to put an end to all violence and hostility and to promote and encourage peace pact in the country.