Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar

Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar/Burma, signed in EU presence

15/10/2015 - 00:00
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The European Union today welcomed the signing of a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Ethnic Armed Organisations.

Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar/Burma - Ceremony

The European Union today welcomed the signing of a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Ethnic Armed Organisations.

In a declaration on behalf of the EU, High Representative Federica Mogherini congratulated the parties on their determination to conclude a challenging negotiation process.

“After decades of armed conflict and civilian suffering, this day marks a significant milestone on Myanmar/Burma's road to peace, security and prosperity,” she said.

Compromises were made by all parties, demonstrating strong political will to address long-standing grievances through dialogue and co-operation rather than conflict and violence.

“The signing of the NCA is essential to establish a just and lasting peace in Myanmar/Burma. It allows for the start of a comprehensive, inclusive and credible political dialogue which will be the next step towards national reconciliation, respect for the rights of persons belonging to minorities and equitable development for all.”

Not all ethnic armed organisations have signed the NCA today and the EU calls for dialogue with the groups that have not signed to be prioritised so as to build trust. It is positive that these groups are included, as observers, in the next phase of the process.

As a long-standing partner and active supporter of Myanmar/Burma's peace process, the EU was invited to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement as an international witness. The EU and its Member States will continue to closely follow the peace process and remain committed to further supporting it.

 

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