Any future peace process must be genuinely inclusive and not repeat the mistakes made by both military and civilian governments of the past.
The National League for Democracy says it wants to hear the voices and concerns of ethnic parties but has been inflexible on where to open their talks.
During talks in Taunggyi, the SNLD asked the ruling party to give its members positions of responsibility, and offered to mediate with other ethnic parties.
The National League for Democracy says it is not concerned about the numerous complaints filed against its candidates by the Union Solidarity and Development Party.
This week the National League for Democracy scored a landslide election win and reached out to ethnic parties in a spirit of cooperation while the Union Solidarity and Development Party
In an unprecedented move, the NLD has followed its landslide victory with an overture for cooperation with ethnic political parties in the future.
Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.