The second Ethnic Armed Organisations Conference, discussing the nationwide ceasefire, was held in Law Khee Lar, Karen State, the Headquarters of the Karen National Union, from 20 to 25 January, 2014.
Representatives from 17 ethnic armed organisations; AA (Arakan Army), ALP (Arakan Liberation Party, ANC (Arakan National Council), CNF (Chin National Front), DKBA (Democratic Karen Benevolent Army), KIO (Kachin Independent Organization), KNU (Karen National Union), KNU/KNLA PC (Peace Council), KNPP (Karenni National Progressive Party), LDU (Lahu Democratic Union), MNDAA (Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army), NMSP (New Mon State Party), PNLO (Pa'O National Liberation Organization), PSLF (Palaung State Liberation Front), RCSS (Restoration Council of Shan State), SSPP (Shan State Progressive Party) and WNO (Wa National Organisation), as well as, observers and special guests, Gen M. Bala – Vice – Chairperson of KIO, Khum Markoban (UNLD – LA) and Mr. Sasakawa – Nippon Foundation, attended this conference totalling 153 people.
The main purpose of the conference was to prepare and discuss the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement document that was formed through mutual agreement between the Ethnic Armed Groups.
In his opening speech, General Saw Mutu Sae Poe, KNU Chairman and Conference Presidium said, "I would like to urge all the ethnic representatives to work on a mutual agreement" He further added that "We have fought continuously for a federal union, self-determination and equality for more than 60 years, but other than asking us to exchange arms for peace and to enter into a legal fold, successive military regimes has given us no chance to discuss. Starting from 2011, the U Thein Sein government has begun talking about building peace though negotiations based on equality, freedom and justice and building a federal union through a practical approach. While those things can’t be called changes taking place on the basis of sufficient level of negotiation, it is fair to say that these changes initiated by the government are in the right direction”.