After what had been recognised as successful talks in July that brought the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) closer to fruition only three points remained to be addressed before a binding agreement could be signed. Perhaps crucially the most important for all concerned parties were which groups are to be included in the signing of the NCA. This has become a particularly difficult point to address as the Government and the armed ethnic group leaders have differing views as to the validity of those groups that can be a part of the process at the initial ceasefire stage.
There are six groups that are a major concern during these talks, each groups has a different background, a different goal, and different claims as to why they deserve to participate in what is ostensibly an agreement not to militarily engage the government’s armed forces. [Download]