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Lt. Gen. Ywet Sitt, leader of the Shan State Army (SSA), left, raises his glass along with Gen. Soe Win, the Myanmar government's chief negotiator, center, while toasting with others during a dinner after participating in a round of peace talks in Kengtung, Golden Triangle Region , near the Thai border, in eastern Shan State, Myanmar, Saturday, May 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Burma should value its peace deals with ethnic armed groups

By Sun, Apr 21, 2013 7:12PM UTC Comments Off Lt. Gen. Ywet Sitt, leader of the Shan State Army (SSA), left, raises his glass along with Gen. Soe Win, the Myanmar government's chief negotiator, center, while toasting with others during a dinner after participating in a round of peace talks in Kengtung, Golden Triangle Region , near the Thai border, in eastern Shan State, Myanmar, Saturday, May 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Although peace talks are taking place, there seems to be no end in sight in the war against the ethnic rebels, especially in Kachin State and the Shan State. For instance, the President Thein Sein Government has reached a truce with the Shan State Army (SSA), but the Burma Army is reluctant to accept the...

Analysis: Burma’s reform comes to naught, without Panglong Spirit

By Tue, Feb 12, 2013 12:16AM UTC Comments Off General Aung San pictured outside 10 Downing Street, London in 1947. Pic: AP.

’12th February of 2013′ is the 66th anniversary of the Union Day of Burma. It marks the signing ceremony of the ‘Historic Panglong Agreement’ between General Aung San and leaders of the Chin, Kachin and Shan ethnic groups guaranteeing a genuine federal union of Burma. However, Burma’s successive leaders ignored the historic political-contract that paved...

Burma must be flexible to achieve peace in Kachin state

By Tue, Feb 05, 2013 2:29PM UTC 1 Comment Burma must be flexible to achieve peace in Kachin state

Peace talks between Burmese officials and Kachin Independence Organization, facilitated by the Chinese government, were held in Shweli, China Monday. According to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, both sides issued a five-point joint statement (dated 4 February, 2013) at the meeting. The following is the English version of the joint-statement translated by the...

Burma deadlock: KIO dismisses ‘ceasefire first’ rather than ‘political dialogue’

By Fri, Jan 25, 2013 9:52PM UTC 9 Comments A Kachin soldier mans a frontline position near Kachin HQ Laiza in northern Burma. Pic: AP.

President Thein Sein Government declared an end to its military offensive against the Kachin Independence Army on January 18 since the US and the EU have described their concerns. The ceasefire order of the President was to be effective from 6am on January 19. Speaking at the opening of the First Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum...

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