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Joint Statements

United Nationalities Federal Council. "Statement of the Ethnic Nationalities Conference." August 2, 2013.

Parties: Representatives of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) member organizations, resistance organizations, United Nationality Alliance, political parties of the ethnic nationalities, youth organizations, women 
organizations, community-based organizations, the overseas ethnic nationality organizations, academics 
and active individuals

Purpose: To discuss matters relating to the current situation.

Main Agreements: The parties agreed on the following: Forming the current Union of Burma/Myanmar into a Federal Union of national states where federal democracy would be practised; Leading in drafting the new constitution, and on the formation of a Burma/ Myanmar state where equality of all the national groups is expressed.

United Nationalities Federal Council and Government of Myanmar. Joint Statement, Chiang Mai, Thailand, February 20, 2013.

Parties: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), Government of Myanmar

Purpose: To discuss political objectives, framework, timeframe, drafting agenda and venue for political dialogue, the presence and role of mediators, monitors, and observers in the meetings, as well as the six-point ethnic nationalities peace plan.

Main Agreements: The parties agreed on mechanisms to secure local and international support for humanitarian assistance, education, health, agricultural and livestock sectors during the preparatory period and political dialogue for areas where member organizations of the UNFC are located. Both delegations discussed holding meetings between respective technical teams. Both delegations also agreed to hold a follow up meeting within two months.

United Nationalities Federal Council. "United Nationalities Federal Council Annual Meeting Statement." Thai-Burma Border, January 10, 2013.

Parties: Member and affiliate organizations of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)

Purpose: Annual meeting, January 7-10, 2013.

Main Agreements: The parties decided to have comprehensive ceasefire and peace talks with the Government of Burma/Myanmar and that the UNFC, representing its member organizations, is the sole negotiation body to the Government. The UNFC expresses strong protest against the Government’s military attacks against the Kachin Independence Organization.

United Nationalities Federal Council. "Statement of Extraordinary Meeting of the UNFC." Thai-Burma Border, May 9, 2012.

Parties: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) central executive committee members and top leaders of the member organizations 

Purpose: To discuss Bamah Tatmadaw military offensive against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).

Main Agreements: UNFC opposes and objects violent military offensives and the killing of fellow citizens, for the benefit of foreign interest. UNFC supports and views as correct the action of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Kachin people's militia and their allied forces, which inevitably have to resist transgression of the hostile forces.

United Nationalities Federal Council. "The Position Statement of United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) on Peace in the Country." December 4, 2011.

Parties: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) 

Purpose: To clarify UNFC's position on peace.

Main Agreements: UNFC has laid down the basic principle requiring the regime to ceasefire in all conflict areas, hold political dialogue and agree to hold dialogue between representatives of the Government and those of the UNFC.


Research Papers

Briefing Paper No.16. "The UNFC and the Peace Process." Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies (2013).

Summary: "At the beginning of June 2013 the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance representing 11 armed ethnic groups, took the unanticipated decision of withdrawing from the Working Group for Ethnic Coordination (WGEC). The WGEC had been formulating a framework that would focus on upcoming political dialogue including the agenda, the composition, the mandate, the structure, any transitional arrangements, and also its core principles." [Author's Overview]

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About: "The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) is the latest coalition of ethnic armed groups. It was renamed and reformed from the Committee for the Emergence of Federal Union (CEFU), founded in Nov. 2010. The UNFC wants to represent all of the ethnic armed groups during peace negotiations with the government." [Myanmar Peace Monitor]


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