NMSP maintains “wait and see” Policy as Mon Revolution Day Approaches


NMSP maintains "wait and see" Policy

Friday, August 31, 2012

The New Mon State Party (NMSP), the main armed group representing ethnic Mon in southern Burma, announced in a statement released on August 28 that it will continue its “wait and see” policy towards the current Burmese government’s democratic changes.

Nai Htaw Mon, the chairman of the NMSP spoke during 41st Mon Armed Force Day. (Photo:NMSP)

The statement was released by Nai Htaw Mon, the NMSP party chairman, 41st Mon Army Day on August 29, which held at the headquarter of the party. He said that although the government has made some political changes, they are not sufficient, and for that reason the party will continue to wait and see what further steps are taken.

The 41st Mon Army Day hosted at the headquarters of the NMSP pay respect to the Mon leaders and soldiers who sacrificed their lives during Mon revolution while fighting against the Burmese government for self-determination for over fifty years.

The NMSP and Burmese government agreed to meet in December for political talks, and the party asked the government to host a conference with all of Burma’s armed ethnic groups to discuss resolution of ethnic conflicts.

Troops from Mon National Liberation Army, the armed wing of the NMSP. (Photo:NMSP)

Nai Hong Sar, the secretary of the NMSP, has threatened to revoke the ceasefire agreement if the government refuses to hold political talks.

In his statement, Nai Htaw Mon said he told his troops to prepare their defenses in the event that fighting is necessary, but the party will negotiate further with the government.

Since the ceasefire agreement was signed in February, the NMSP has questioned the Burmese government’s intention to amend the 2008 Constitution, a request made by all the armed ethnic groups. Among other criticisms, the constitution grants 25 percent of parliamentary seats to the military.

The statement concluded that the NMSP will continue to hold its United Nationalities Federal Council position to fight for the right of ethnic people in Burma by cooperating with other armed ethnic groups in the alliance.

Correction: We corrected this article for incorrectly using 65st Mon Revolution Day instead of 41st Mon Armed Force Day on August 29.

The statement was released by Nai Htaw Mon, the NMSP party chairman, in anticipation of the upcoming 65st Mon Revolution Day on September 1.



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