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Burmese Army launches airstrike on Kachin base, rebel officer says

Shortly after a recess in what appeared to be positive peace negotiations in Rangoon, officials in Kachin State said the Burma Army launched an aerial attack on a rebel base along a frequent timber trade route near the border with China. Full article here.

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The 7th round of ceasefire talks will take a pause and it will resume on March 30 because some points remain to be discussed. Chapter six of the ceasefire agreement, entitled “Interim period” needs to be discussed and some text of some points of chapters three and four will be amended, he said. The “Interim period” outlines how ethnic armed groups must behave after reaching the ceasefire agreement and during the period that political dialogue will be held. The ethnic armed groups would hold discussions and negotiations among themselves in preparation for March 30, the day the ceasefire talks will resume.

Ref: Mizzima, Publish 23 March, 2015

The fourth day of peace talks between Myanmar government negotiators and armed ethnic groups ended on a positive note Friday in the commercial capital Yangon, with the two sides reaching an agreement on troop deployment and the establishment of a joint monitoring committee.  

Ref : RFA, Published 22 March,  2015

The nationwide ceasefire meeting was held at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on March 17 by the Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

Both the UPWC and the NCCT make effort to get the ultimate agreement during the meeting yesterday, according to the representatives of the two groups. 

Ref : Eleven Myanmar, Published 19 March,  2015

The representatives of Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Union Peacemaking Working Committee led by Chairman Dr Sai Mauk Kham recently held a meeting to prepare for the nationwide ceasefire talks scheduled to be held in Yangon on March 17.

Both sides expressed hope that the latest talks would lead to a permanent ceasefire agreement.

Ref : Eleven Myanmar, Published 18 March,  2015

Burma‘s President Thein Sein met with leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Naypyidaw on Monday.

At the morning-time meeting at the president‘s ranch, a three-point message was conveyed by the KIO, led by Maj-Gen Gun Maw.

“There are three key points in the KIO‘s message. First, the delegation is visiting Naypyidaw with a mandate in accordance with the KIO central committee‘s decision; second, the central committee has decided on principal to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and to negotiate its terms and conditions; and third, the delegation would like to pass a proposal signed by the KIO chairman Lanyaw Zawng Hra on behalf of the central committee”.

Ref : DVB, Published 17 March,  2015

Representatives from the Burmese government's Union Peace-Making Working Committee (UPWC) and their counterparts from the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will hold a seventh round of peace negotiations later this month, according to Pado Kywe Htu Win, an NCCT representative from the Karen National Union (KNU). “We had negotiations for the 7th round of meetings between the UPWC and the NCCT”, Pado Kwe Htoo said. According to him the meeting will likely be held sometime between 12 and 16 March. According to Hla Maung Shwe a senior official with the MPC the meetings will be held at the MPC office in Rangoon.

Ref : KNG, Publish 11 March,  2015

Secrecy surrounds a meeting that a leading peace facilitator says will be held later this week between President U Thein Sein, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation. According to U San Aung, a member of the Peace-talks Creation Group, a KIO delegation led by U Swan Ma Lut Gan and General Gun Maw are to meet the president and the senior general in Nay Pyi Taw “to resolve problems in Kachin State”. The meeting will be held ahead of ceasefire talks scheduled to resume in Yangon on March 16, but the exact date has not yet been confirmed.

Ref; Myanmar Times, Publish 10 March, 2015

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