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Myanmar’s Thein Sein Holds Rare 42-Party Talks on Elections, Peace Pact
Myanmar President Thein Sein held rare talks Wednesday with dozens of political leaders to discuss upcoming elections and finalizing a nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) with ethnic armies, according to a minister from his office and a lawmaker who attended the meeting. Full article here
Kayan leaders push for autonomy
Ethnic Kayan leaders are calling for the group to be given its own self-administered zone, with territory to be carved out of Shan and Kayah states. Full article here
Date set for return of sexpartite talks
Burma’s faltering sexpartite dialogue on constitutional reform between political leaders is set to resume on 10 April, lawmakers have been told. Full article here.
Ethnic Groups Consider Holding Ceasefire Conference in Wa Rebel Area
Burma’s ethnic armed groups are considering convening at the headquarters of the powerful United Wa State Army (UWSA) in northern Shan State to discuss the potential signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord, a UWSA representative said on Monday. Full article here
Karen National Union’s Deputy Chairwoman Warns International Community to Read the Small Print on Nationwide Ceasefire and not Believe Govt’s ‘Manipulation”
In an exclusive series of interviews with Karen News, Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union talks about a diverse range of critical issues facing ethnic people. In part 1, Ms Sein gives her perspective on the progress of the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement between the Burmese government and the country’s ethnic armed groups. Full article here
The delegation discussed with the Japanese government officials over Myanmar's peace process during their four-day trip. But it was more like convincing the Japanese officials to support them rather than holding a discussion. Full article here
As Myanmar’s junta prepared to step down from government, the military set about seizing public assets and natural resources to ensure its economic control in a new era of democratic rule. Guns, Cronies and Crops details the collusion at the heart of operations carried out by Myanmar’s armed forces in northeastern Shan State. Large swathes of land were taken from farming communities in the mid-2000s and handed to companies and political associates to develop rubber plantations.
This publication - written in February 2015 - is a joint product of EPRP and MPSI (Myanmar Peace Support Initiative) to explain the roles and functions of the Ceasefire Liaison Offices.
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Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar
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The Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) provides information and training to support ethnic organisations and communities to participate in Myanmar's peace process.
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Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar reflects the situation of ethnic people in Myanmar, as individual and as communities within the Union of Myanmar.
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Three armed ethnic groups that the Myanmar government sought to exclude from a meeting early next month to discuss the draft of a nationwide cease-fire agreement will attend the summit despite ongoing clashes between their troops and the national army, group leaders who will participate in the meeting said. Full article here
Myanmar’s government and a coalition of armed ethnic groups inked a tentative nationwide cease-fire agreement Tuesday ending six decades of conflict, with President Thein Sein suggesting a final deal could be signed as early as next month. The signing of a final deal will set the stage for talks to resolve political and military issues so the country can proceed with its democratic development. The signing ceremony took place on the final day of the seventh round of nationwide peace talks between the UPWC and the NCCT since the process began in 2013.
Ref: RFA, Publish 31, March 2015
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
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