Two opposition groups have joined a ceasefire pact with the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw), restoring some credibility to a complex peace process with an array of ethnic rebel forces that had been stalled for more than two years.
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in a 13 February ceremony held in Naypyidaw presided over by Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, who has prioritised her administration’s commitment to the peace process.
The NMSP and LDU are the first groups to sign the pact since Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in November 2015 and inherited the NCA as the centre piece of a limping peace process initiated under the previous government of president Thein Sein, a retired general.
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