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Myanmar’s Thein Sein Calls For Extension of Martial Law in Kokang Region

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein on Thursday requested the country’s parliament to extend martial law by three months in Shan state’s Kokang region, where fierce fighting between ethnic insurgents and government troops has displaced tens of thousands of civilians since February. Full article here  

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The Myanmar government is making efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement in June, said President’s Office minister Aung Min, who is also the vice chairperson of the Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) during a meeting with political parties on May 18. “All 16 ethnic armed groups involved in the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will hold a meeting in Chaing Mai on May 26 and 27. Then, they will hold a summit in the first week of June. I presume the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) will be signed in June, after they have reached an agreement at the summit,” said Aung Min. Although the process of signing the NCA is behind schedule due to Panghsang (Pang Kham) summit, the summit was helpful to the process, said the minister.

 Ref: Eleven  Publish: 21 May 2015

 

The Nationwide Ceasefire Co-ordinating Team (NCCT) meeting will take place 2-6 June according to posts on social media and the VOA Burmese Service on 21 May. The meeting, to be held at Law Khee Lah in Karen State follows on from an ethnic leader’s summit held at Panghsang, Wa Special Region-2 from 1-6 May.

It is hoped that participants in the meeting can approve or amend a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement that was agreed to on 31 March by the NCCT and the Government.

Ref: Mizzima Publish: 21 May 2015

Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups have called on the government to include all ethnic rebel armies in a final nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) and to cease hostilities against three of the groups if the peace deal is to proceed, sources said Thursday. At the end of a six-day summit to discuss a draft NCA at the headquarters of the United Wa State Army in Pangsang, Shan state, representatives of 12 armed ethnic groups released a 12-point statement outlining their demands to government negotiators before a final deal could be signed.

Ref: RFA; Published 7 May 2015 

Peace talks involving Myanmar's political parties, representatives of armed ethnic groups and national races affairs ministers are scheduled to take place Saturday at the Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon, sources say. Aung Min, Union Peacemaking Works Committee (UPWC) vice-chairman, will explain the peace process and efforts to complete a nationwide ceasefire deal between the government and the armed ethnic groups, the sources say. The UPWC represents the government in peace talks.

Ref: Eleven Myanmar, published in May 2015

On April 27, the government reached an agreement with the KIO’s conflict resolution team to conduct an investigation into the conflicts in Hpakant and Tanaing regions, according to sources. This agreement came shortly after the meeting between the Kachin State Government - led by the state Minister for Border Affairs and Security Col Than Aung - and the KIO team led by Col Zaw Taung.

Ref: Eleven Myanmar, Published in May 2015

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will from Friday play host to a meeting of ethnic armed groups, who are involved in the drafting of the preliminary nationwide ceasefire accord. A total of 12 ethnic groups are expected to convene. On Mar. 30, the government agreed in principle with the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), which represents 16 ethnic organizations, on the text for a nationwide ceasefire. The occasion was hailed by the government as a breakthrough, although the NCCT said it would have to take the draft text back to ethnic leaders, who would need to convene and endorse its content before an accord could be signed. The UWSA is not participating in ceasefire negotiations with the government.

Ref: The Irrawaddy, published 30 April 2015

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. The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Arakan Army (AA) will join 12 other rebel groups for a May 1-3 summit at the United Wa State headquarters in Pangsang, northern Shan state, where they also will discuss the country’s current political situation.

Ref: RFA, Published 22 April 2015

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