Peace Process


NLD Gov’t (Since – 2016 – 2021)

led by Daw Aung San Su Kyi (NLD Gov’t) through National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) replaced for Myanmar Peace Center (MPC).

NCA Ceasefire (10) groups: (since, 2015)

UNFC members (2009 formed)

  • LDU, Lahu Democratic Union (NCA-Signed, 2018, Feb)
  • NMSP, New Mon State Party (NCA- Signed 2018, Feb)

UNFC Former members

  • KNU, Karen National Union (resigned from UNFC, 2014)
  • CNF, Chin National Front (suspended from UNFC, 2015, Nov)
  • PNLO, PaO National Liberation Organization (suspended from UNFC, 2015 Nov)

Non- UNFC members

  • ALP – Arakan Liberation Party
  • ABSDF – All Burma Students’ Democratic Front
  • DKBA – Democratic Karen Benevolent Army
  • RCSS/SSA – Restoration Council of Shan State/ Shan State Army
  • KNU/KNLA(PC) – Karen National Union/ Karen National Liberation Army (Peace Council)

Non-Ceasefire groups:

UNFC members:

  • KNPP, Karenni National Progress party
  • ANC, Arakan National Council

FPNCC members (2017 formed)

  • KIO/KIA – Kachin Independence Organization/ Kachin Indepednence Army
  • SSPP/SSA – Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (suspending from UNFC(2017)/ resigned yet)
  • ULA/AA – United League of Arakan/Arakan Army
  • WNO – Wa National Organization
  • UWSA – United Wa State Army
  • PSLF/TNLA – Palaung State Liberation Front / Ta-ang National Liberation Army
  • MNDAA – National Democratic Alliance Army

Peace Process Under NLD Government

In the 2015 General Election, the NLD party won by landslide of votes, which started their legitimate rule. On March 15, 2016, U Htin Kyaw was elected as the president during the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Meeting. To achieve the internal peace process of the country, as the first step of the NLD party, Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) was reorganised and renamed as National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) and appointed State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the Chairman.

On August 24, 2016, the government formed the Rakhine State Advisory Commission to advise on resolving issues in Rakhine State, which was chaired by the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong was first held in 2016, the second time in 2017 and the third time in 2018. In the first meeting, no agreement was reached and it was only recorded as the opening conference of the new government. In the second meeting, the first part of the 37 points Union Peace Treaty was signed. However, due to the ‘non-succession’ and ‘single military’ submitted by the Tatmadaw, the important agreements were not reached. In the third meeting, 14 more points were agreed and Part II of the Union Peace Treaty was signed.

Moreover, Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) and New Mon State Party (NMSP) signed the NCA in 2018 February. However, by the end of 2018, due to the absence of participation in official peace talks by the KNU and RCSS, the peace talk process was halted for 15 months. On 21st December 2018, the Tatmadaw ceased their military actions for 4 months in order to develop the peace process for the organisations that had not signed the NCA, extending two times in which 2 months for each time.

On behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Gambia sued Myanmar in the International Court of Justice for violating the anti-genocide agreement. For that case, the State Counsellor took the responsibility of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and took the lead to resolve the case in the first hearing which was held in December 2019.

The JICM meeting was resumed in January 2020 and due to the Covid-19, the fourth meeting of 21st Century Panglong was held in August 2020. However, the AA was not invited. FPNCC members and the KNPP decided not to attend and this was the first Union Peace Conference not involving all non-ceasefire groups. On the last day of the meeting, the 20 agreements were signed as Part III of the Union Peace Treaty and agreed on the post-2020 process and implementation.

During the period of the peace process conducted by the NLD, it is an undeniable fact that the Republic of China’s involvement played a significant role from the negotiations of the Northern Alliance (FPNCC) to the Union Peace Conference. However, the role of the Japanese government in mediating a vital shift between the Myanmar Military and the AA after the election has highlighted Japan’s role in the post-2020’s peace process.

Thein Sein Government

Myanmar’s peace process is highly complex given a large number of actors involved, lack of transparency and rapid speed of changes. Aside from the main stakeholders the government’s peace team and the militia groups, the international community, CBOs and non-state mediators are important in brokering, mediating and monitoring the peace talks; as well as well implementing ceasefire agreements and policy advocacy.

Government Armed Groups
Led by:
Union Level Peace Team Enter the legal fold:

  1. give up arms/transform into BGF → now allowing ethnic armed groups to keep their arms
  2. set up a political party
  3. contest in elections
Led by:
UNFC, United Nationalities Federal Council

  1. political talks (according to the 2008 federal constitution drawn by ethnic and democratic opposition groups)
  2. union accord – agreement on power sharing and resource sharing = amending the 2008 constitution
  3. approval from parliament
Peacemaking bodies

Central Committee Policy making Body

Chaired by President Thein Sein

11-members including:

  1. Vice President U Nyan Tun (replaced U Tin Aung Myint Oo, Aug.16, 2012)​
  2. Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham
  3. Speaker of the Upper house U Shwe Mann
  4. Speaker of the lower house U Khin Aung Myint
  5. Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Vice Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing
  6. Minister of Home Affairs Lieutenant-General Ko Ko
  7. Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Wai Lwin (replaced General Hla Min)
  8. Border Affairs Minister Lieutenant-General Thet Naing Win (replaced Lieutenant-General Thein Htay)
  9. Attorney-General Dr. Tun Shin
  10. Director of President’s office U Min Zaw

Working Committee Implementing Body

Myanmar Peace Center Secretariat

UNFC members

Ceasefire 4 members:

  • KNU, Karen National Union
  • SSPP/SSA-N, Shan State Army-North
  • CNF, Chin National Front​
  • PNLO, PaO National Liberation Organization

Non-Ceasefire 7 members:

  • KIA, Kachin Independence Army **KNO, Kachin National Organisation (merged with KIO)
  • NUFA, National United Front of Arakan
  • WNO, Wa National Organization
  • PSLF/TNLA, Palaung State Liberation Front​/ Ta-ang National Liberation Army
  • NMSP, New Mon State Party​
  • LDU, Lahu Democratic Union
  • KNPP, Karenni National Progress party
Transformed Armed Groups

  • DKBA BGF 1011 to 1022 Kayin State Democracy and Development Party (KSDDP): 2 elected MPs
  • KDA PMF 3 to 7, runs businesses and carries out development projects
  • KNU Peace Group 1 elected MP, USDP member
  • KNU Peace Force BGF 1023 Kayin State Democracy and Development Party (KSDDP)
  • KNDP, KNPDP, KNPLF, KNUSO BGF 1004 & 1005, Business groups
  • NDA-K BGF 1001, 1002, 1003, 1 elected MP.
  • PNO Pa-O National Organization party: 8 elected MPs
  • PSLF PMF Mann- pan & Mann Ton, Ta-Aung (Palaung) National Party (TPNP): 2 elected MPs

following the UNFC’s leadership

  • ALP, Arakan Liberation Party, aka Rakhine State liberation Party (involved in WGEC)
  • DKBA-5, Democratic Karen Buddist Army- Brigade 5 (follows KNU’s political leadership)
  • KPC, KNU/KNLA Peace Council​
  • (UNFC unofficial observer) KNLP, Kayan New Land Party (UNFC observer of the, under pressure from the govt to transform into a PMF (April 7, 2010) but continues to function as a ceasefire group)​

unofficially following UNFC principles and plan

  • UWSA, United Wa State Army​
  • NDAA-Mongla National democratic Alliance army​
  • RCSS/SSA-S, Shan State Army-South
  • AA, Arakan Army​
  • ABSDF, All Burma Student’s Democratic Fron
  • MTUF, Mergui-Tavoy United Front


  • NSCN-K, National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (primarily demanding economic and social development for their area)​
International Actors

  1. MPSI, Myanmar Peace Support Initiative headed by Norway
  2. PSDG, ​Peace Support Donor Group
  3. IPSG, International Peace Support Group
  4. Nippon Foundation, Japan


  • China, India, ASEAN, OIC, USA, Finland
CBOs and NGOs


  • e.g. Mon Regions Peace Monitoring Group, Shan Women Action Network, Karenni Civic Society Network

Policy and peace advocacy

  • ​e.g. Women’s League of Burma, White Holding Hands, Peace Network, Kachin Peace Network, Generation Wave

Peace talk Facilitators

  • Karen Peace Support Team Shalom Foundation

Ceasefire implementation

  • CIDKP, Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People
  • KORD, Karen Office for Relief and ​Development
  • SRDC, Shan Relief and Development Committee



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