Myanmar state counselor holds talks with ceasefire signatory armed group
YANGON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has held talks with U Yawd Serk, chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS)/Shan State Army-South (SSA-S), in Nay Pyi Taw, one of the eight signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA), Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday.
This is the first ever such talks during the incumbent government, which took place at the capital's National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) on Monday.
The talks covered trust building measures, the NCA, education, health, anti-drug matters and development of ethnic national region.
On the same day, the government's peace negotiator U Kyaw Tint Swe, who is the NRPC vice chairman and minister for the Office of the State Counselor, also had discussions with U Yawd Serk on the peace process, economic development and counter narcotics efforts in Shan state, the report said.
In October 2015, Myanmar's previous government initiated the NCA with eight armed groups out of 15, involved in the peace deal with the then government, leaving the seven other non-signatories yet to join in the signing for achieving peace.
Myanmar has held the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference twice respectively in August 2016 and May 2017 with the latter being able to incorporate a total of 37 adopted principles into a union agreement in the country's peace process.