The latest round of ceasefire
talks, known as Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), held from 22 to 26
September for five days came to an end without any significant
agreement being reached. The irony is that the Nationwide Ceasefire
Coordinating Team (NCCT) and as well, the Union Peace-making Work
Committee (UPWC) were both reluctant to admit that the talks have
produced no progress, whatsoever, and that they are a long way from from
signing the said agreement. Although in a closing statement, the two
sides have agreed, in general, to a fourth draft of the Nationwide
Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), it did not provide any details on how they
arrived at the new draft during the talks.
- There is no neutral third party facilitator or mediator.
- The two contending parties are the drafters and not the facilitator or third party.
- The two parties keep the draft, although they should give it back to the facilitator after the end of the session.
- The two parties revise, delete or add to the draft at free will.
- As there is no facilitator or mediator, the two sides could only aired their opinion or interpretation in a debate manner, rather than criticism to a draft drawn by the neutral party, which is only interest-based formulation for all stakeholders.