Myanmar Peace Monitor

NMSP

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New Mon State Party

မြန္ျပည္သစ္ ပါတီ 

Armed wing: Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA)

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SUMMARY

Founded: July 1958
Headquarters: Ye Chaung Phya, Mon state
Operational Area: Thaton, Paung, Chaungsone, Mawlamyine, Hpa-an, Kawkareik, Kyeikmayaw, Mudon, Thanbyuzayap, Ye, Yayphyu, Three Pagoda Pass, Myeik-Dawei, and Kyar-Inn-Seik Gyi
Estimated strength: 800+ (2,000 reserved) Mon separatists formed the Mon Peoples Front
(MPF). The group was later reformed and renamed as the New Mon State Party (NMSP).
Since 1949, the eastern hills of the state (as well as portions of Thaninthayi Division) have been under NMSP control. In 1995, they agreed to a ceasefire with the Myanmar government.

The NMSP tried unsuccessfully to promote constitutional and political reform through the National Convention until 2008. Communications broke down in April, 2010 after refusing to transform into a Border Guard Force (BGF). However the situation did not deteriorate into outright armed conflict. Negotiations following reforms led to the renewal of the ceasefire agreement at the statelevel and a commitment from the government to negotiate ceasefire agreements with all nonstate armed groups before the end of 2012 so that inclusive political dialogue can commence at the Union level.

On 5 August 2009, Mon Revolution Day, the NMSP announced that it would not transform
its armed wing into a Border Guard Force (BGF).

Rejected the BGF scheme: April, 2010.

Central Committee members: 27

Chairman: Nai Htaw Mon

Vice-Chairman: Nai Han Thar (Nai Hongsar)

General Secretary: Nai Aung Min

Joint Secretary (1): Maj. Gen. Joi Yaet
Member: Nai Tala Nyi
Member: Lt. Col. M Seik Chan (in charge of Mawlamyine office)
Member: Maj. Kyi San (in charge of Mawlamyine liaison office)

Central Military Committee: 7

Commander in Chief: Maj. Gen. Layi Gakao
Deputy Commander in chief: Col. Banya Mae San
Member: Lt. Col. Hangsar
Member: Lt. Col. San Aye


Ceasefire & Peace Process

Preliminary Peace Talks
Stage 1. State Level Ceasefire 1 Feb 2012
Previous ceasefire: 29 June 1995
Official delegation team:
Outside the country:
1. Naing Hong Sa,
2. Nai Tala Nyi, Nai
3. Hong Sa Bun Thai

Inside the country:
1. Nai Htaw Mon
2. Nai Rawsa
3. Nai Tala Nyi
4. Gen. Zay Ya
5. Nai Aung Min (S-1)
6. Bri-Gen La Yi Kaung


Official delegation team

-official delegation team for outside the country: (Naing Hong Sa, Nai Tala Nyi, Nai Hong Sa Bun Thai)

-official delegation team for inside the country: (Nai Htaw Mon, Nai Rawsa, Nai Tala Nyi, Gen. Zay Ya, Nai Aung Min (S-1), Bri-Gen La Yi Kaung


 

Liaison offices

NMSP's liaison offices opened in 1995 after the NMSP signed a ceasefire agreement with the SLORC. They were closed in April, 2010 after the NMSP rejected transforming into a BGF. All liaison offices reopened one day after the new ceasefire agreement on Feb. 26, 2012. (ceasefire stipulated that offices could only be opened in locations agreed by both sides)

1. Mudon
2. Thanbyuzayat
3. Ye
4. Yaybyu (Yaphu village)
5. Kyaik Mayaw
6. Zin Kyeik (Paung township)
7. Myeik (Mreuik)

Economic offices:
1. Myawaddy
2. Three Pagoda Pass
3. Mawlamyaing


Alliances: UNFC, NCCT, SD, and DPN member


Contact:
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Email:
Phone:+66 80 503 0849


Mon Peace Monitoring Group

Following a peace process monitoring workshop in Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel, Mawlamyine city, Mon state on 7 June 2013, 15 members were selected to run a peace monitoring group for Mon State.

About 120 representatives from Social Welfare minister of Mon State, Economic and Planning minister of Mon State, Mon affairs minister in Karen State, Politicians, Mon state MPs, businessmen, civic groups, youth groups and individuals attended the workshop.


Meetings

 #  Date  Location  Armed Group Rep  Govt Rep  Details
1 06/10/2011 Ye Township, compound of govt. Infantry Unit No. 61 Nai Tala Nyi Mon state Minister for Security and Border Affairs, Col.Htay Myint Aung Preliminary meeting
The party also proposed that the government announce a nationwide ceasefire and to hold a dialogue with the UNFC [United Nationalities Federal Council] to solve political problems.
Other NMSP delegates: Nai Baya Lai; and Nai Hong Sar
Other govt. delegates: Colonel Tun Tun Nyi of the Southeast Command; and Mon state municipal officials
2 13/11/2011 Ye Chaung Phya, NMSP headquarters Nai Htaw Mon 5 member envoy from the Mon state Govt as peace create team (peace mediators) Preliminary Meeting
There were discussions about avoiding clashes between their respective armies, opening liaison offices and cooperating in undertaking business and development projects in the state. The talks included an agreement that both sides would inform the other side in advance if one side wanted to enter the other’s control area with weapons.
Other NMSP delegates: Nai Rawsa, Nai Hong Sa
Govt Delegates: former NMSP central executive member Nai Tin Aung and former central committee member Nai Soe Myint; Mon National Democratic Front central executive member Nai Thet Lwin, Dr. Min Kyi Win, Buddhist Abbot Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kaytumarlar
3 22/12/2011 Sankalaburi, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand Nai Hong Sa Aung Min Preliminary Meeting
Other NMSP delegates: Bun Thai, Nai Banyar Leh, Nai Shwe Thein
4 01/02/2012 Moulmein, Mon state Nai Rawsa Aung Min State level 5 point Ceasefire
Other NMSP delegates: Bri-Gen La Yi Kaung, Nai, Tala Nyi, Maj. San Aye, Nai Arca
Other govt. delegates: Union Minister U Soe Thein, Union Minister U Zaw Min, State Chief Minister U Ohn Myint, Commander of South-East Command Maj-Gen Tin Maung Win, Mon state Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Htay Myint Aung, the General Staff Officer (Grade-I) (People’s Militia), the Mon state Advocate-General, the secretary of Mon State Government and officials
5 25/02/2012 Moulmein, Mon state Nai Rawsa Aung Min Union level 4 point Ceasefire
Other NMSP delegates: Bri-Gen La Yi Kaung, Nai Tala Nyi, Maj. San Aye, Nai Arca
Other Govt. Delegates: Union Minister U Soe Thein, Union Minister U Zaw Min, Union Minister U Win Tun and State Chief Minister U Ohn Myint, Commander of South-East Command Maj-Gen Tin Maung Win, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Zaw Win, Mon state Security and Border Affairs Minister Col Htay Myint Aung, the general staff officer (Grade I) from Commander-in-Chief (Army) Office, the general staff officer (Grade I) (militia) of South-East Command, Mon State advocate-general and officials
6 11/04/2012 Moulmein, Mon state Nai Aung Min, Nai Tala Nyi Aung Min Union level meeting - perpetuation of ceasefire
Other Govt. Delegates: U Khin Yi from Union level peace-making group, State Chief Minister U Ohn Myint, Commander Maj-Gen Tin Maung Win, Lt-Col Zaw Naing Oo of the Office of the Commander-in Chief of Defence Services, Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Htay Myint Aung from Union level peace-making group, the State Advocate-General, Lt-Col Kyaw Myint from the South-East Command, the Secretary of State Government, U Shwe Thaung from Region Development Supervisory Office,
7 04/08/2013 Mawlamyaing NMSP MPC For National accord agreement , MPC met the NMSP at Mawlamyaing informally
8 14/01/2014 Hpa-am Karen Arms Groups 4 and NMSP Khinn Yee, State Minister Zaw Min and immigrations officers Govt and Karen arms groups and NMSP meet in pha am, karen state government office. Govt explain about the nationwide census, immigration law and asking for their cooperation for census.
9 01/09/2014 Mawlamyine NMSP - Public consultation

Developments

Agreed:
negotiation terms/process:

  1. To start political dialogue within 45 days of ceasefire.
  2. Allowing observers to participate in meetings.
  3. To start political dialogue between representatives of armed national races organizations and representatives of the government after ceasefire of all armed national races organizations. In case ceasefire is not secured with all the organizations till December 2012, to start the political dialogue between representatives of the ceasefire organizations and representatives of the government.
  4. To continue talks on national reconciliation, based on political compromises with participation of representatives of domestic national political parties and democratic forces.
  5. To initiate procedures for prompt implementation of agreement reached in the above-mentioned dialogue.
  6. To not extend military strength in Mon state and related areas in period of ceasefire.
  7. To work for stability and development of education, health and social sectors of the region in coordination with respective national races armed organizations and the government as the ceasefire comes into effect.
  8. To have the right to communicate with the public and help each others.
  9. To have the right to communicate with domestic political parties.
  10. To have the right to communicate with news agencies and media.
  11. To inform the public of outcomes of political dialogue as required.
  12. To conduct negotiation in advance in communicating with the foreign diplomats.
  13. To release all political prisoners remaining in the prisons and to free comrades of New Mon State Party in prisons with sympathy as well.
  14. To avoid forced labour by both sides, apart from volunteers. To solve problems of land confiscation by the Myanmar military.

Demands:

  • Releasing imprisoned party members including Nai Myo Thway and Nai Yekka
  • To hold political dialogue

Statements

May 06, 2014 - British Ambassador Meets With Mon Political Parties and NMSP

January 30, 2013: The NMSP issued a statement on the intensive armed conflict in Kachin state

June 19, 2012: The NMSP has threatened to break its four-month-old ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government if Naypyidaw fails to hold political talks with all the ethnic armed groups by the end of this year, according to the party secretary.

February 8, 2012: NMSP chairman said that the group will not sign a ceasefire with the Myanmar government while it continues to wage war against ethnic Kachins


Partnership

Nai Hong Sar, the secretary of NMSP and the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), told Mizzima in October 2011 that the NMSP wanted all discussions with the government to involve the UNFC while the government wanted to negotiate with the NMSP separately.

NMSP leaders had informal meetings with ethnic political leaders in 2012.

NMSP representatives met 88 generation leaders who visited Mon state (11 November 2012)


International Partnerships

MPSI

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