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Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes during Myanmar’s 68th anniversary celebrations of Armed Forces Day, in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Speaking to thousands of troops at the annual Armed Forces Day celebration, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that the military must strengthen its capabilities with modern weaponry and training. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Burma Army leaders call for annihilation of ethnic rebels in Shan State

By Fri, Aug 30, 2013 5:35PM UTC 2 Comments Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes during Myanmar’s 68th anniversary celebrations of Armed Forces Day, in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Speaking to thousands of troops at the annual Armed Forces Day celebration, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that the military must strengthen its capabilities with modern weaponry and training. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

The Burmese Army had suffered more than 1,000 casualties from September-December 2012, while fighting against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), a number the Shan Herald Agency for News reported based on a report leaked from the Burma Army’s Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command (NERC). As indicated by Shan News, the information was an excerpt from a...

Burma reaches a five-point agreement with Wa Army

By Sat, Jul 13, 2013 11:35PM UTC Comments Off A young female recruit of the Kachin Independence Army, one of the country's largest armed ethnic groups, participates in battle drills at a training camp near Laiza. Pic: AP.

Burma’s Union Peace-making Work Committee led by Vice-Chairman Thein Zaw and “Wa” Special Region (2) Peace-making Delegation led by Zhao Guo-an launched peace talks at Triangle Region Command Headquarters in Kengtung in Shan State (East) on Friday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported. After the dialogue, both the Burmese government peacemaking team and the...

Burma: Reformist President and the aggressive army

By Wed, Jul 03, 2013 8:11PM UTC Comments Off President Thein Sein meets Lt. Gen. Yawdserk on 10 June, 2013 in NayPyiTaw. (Photo: Shan State Army Facebook)

During a radio address to the nation on Tuesday, President Thein Sein acknowledged the World Economic Forum East Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw last month, the state-run media highlighted on 2 July. The President said it had helped reconnect them with world markets and promote Burma/Myanmar to international investors. “Towards this goal, we hosted....

Drug abuse and trafficking ongoing problems in Burma

By Fri, Jun 28, 2013 5:21PM UTC Comments Off Drug abuse and trafficking ongoing problems in Burma

On 26 June 2013, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, SHAN failed to publish a ‘Shan Drug Watch Report’ like previous years, Shan Herald Agency for News said in its editorial. Among several reasons, the major cause is that it was cut off financial support from its donors, SHAN said. No reason...

Burma: Government calls for peace while military expands civil war

By Mon, May 13, 2013 5:20PM UTC Comments Off Lt. Gen. Ywet Sitt, leader of Shan State Army (SSA), talks to Myanmar government negotiatiors during their meeting in Kengtung, eastern Shan State, Myanmar, Saturday, May 19, 2012. It was second round of peace talks between the government and Shan rebels. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Since the government has publicly declared its reform plans including national reconciliation, it ought to carefully control its armed forces to support the peacemaking efforts. But, presently, the Burma armed forces seem to be going against the peace plan made by the President. If it was a fabricated story, the people would blame the President...

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