Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UNFC yet to receive SSPP resignation letter

The spokesperson from United Nationalities Federal Council denied it has received the official resignation letter of the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), to allow it to leave the umbrella organisation.

In a meeting of Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) which was comprised of China-Myanmar border based ethnic armed groups, SSPP vice chair major general Sao Khun Sai said his group has submitted a notification letter to UNFC .

The meeting, led by UWSA, was held at Pangkham on Saturday.

“I have announced here that we had already sent on August 12 a letter to UNFC chairman Naing Han Thar asking permission to resign from UNFC,” said SSPP vice president Sao Khun Sai.

Although The Myanmar Times contacted FPNCC and SSPP, their representatives replied that they could not answer because the matter was under discussion.

PSLF/TNLA vice-chair Tar Joke Jar confirmed to the online news portal Irrawaddy on August 20 that SSPP has resigned from UNFC.

“We have still not received it as of today,” UNFC spokesperson U Twan Zaw told The Myanmar Times on Aug 20.

The news that SSPP would leave UNFC has been circulating since the establishment of FPNCC.

The FPNCC is comprised of the United Wa State Army, Kachin Independence Organization, Shan State Progress Party, Kokang or Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, Mong La or National Democratic Alliance Army, Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Arakan Army.