CNF peace delegation leaves for Hakha

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The delegation of the Chin National Front (CNF), selected to carry out the peace talks left for Hakha, the capital of Chin state, Burma from the Indo- Burma border today at around 11 am (Indian standard time). The talks are at the state level with Chin state government officials.

It learnt that the Chin people will warmly welcome the 10-member CNF delegation.

“We want to meet the CNF delegation whom we have never met in the last 20 years. The state government has invited the delegation formally, so, we thank the government,” said a village elder from Chin state.

The CNF delegation was picked up from the Indo- Burma border by Pastor Dr. Lal Uk, Chariman of the peace and tranquility committee and Mr. Van Chan Ceu, leader of a youth group.

“Peace talks were agreed upon at the state level, because it is an attempt to resolve the deeply rooted conflict with ethnic armed groups for over 60 years and establish peace in the country,” said Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian, spokesperson of CNF.

But some people are confused about the peace talks, wondering whether it would mean surrender and returning to the legal fold, which will be tantamount to capitulating to the government. People should understand that it is not surrender, said Dr. Salai.

The 10 members of the CNF delegation were selected at a conference and they are Dr. Sui Khar, Joint secretary general and leader of the peace delegation, Mr. HC. Ral Hnin, second leader, Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian, Brigadier General Solomon, Mr. Thetni, Mr. Rokhawma, Mr. Hla Htun, Mr. Ngai Cia Thang, Salai Peter Lian and Mr. Khin Maung Lay.

The state government delegation comprises Mr. Win Htun, Mr. Aung Taung, Mr. Aung Min and Colonel Zaw Min Oo, Minister of Border and Security. Colonel Zaw Min Oo will lead the state level peace talks and some delegations of the central government will attend as observers in Hakha.

The CNF delegates will meet the Chin state government officials in Hakha, the capital of Chin state on January 5 and 6 initially for peace talks to resolve Burma’s conflict scenario politically. Khonumthung news

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