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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks as she asks a question during a regular session of parliament. Pic: AP.

Analysis: Battle lines drawn in Burma’s fight for democracy

By Tue, Jan 07, 2014 12:14PM UTC Comments Off Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks as she asks a question during a regular session of parliament. Pic: AP.

Burma’s existing Constitution, approved in a May 2008 referendum, is controversial since it was prearranged by means of subjective legal principles. It says the military commander-in-charge can take sovereign power if the country is in a dangerous situation. In late July last year, a three-day Ethnic Conference organized by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)...

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: Clashes continue with ethnic rebels despite ceasefire

By Mon, Jul 02, 2012 9:22AM UTC 1 Comment Burma: Clashes continue with ethnic rebels despite ceasefire

Burma’s war against ethnic rebels is ongoing. Although peace talks are taking place, there seems to be no end in site in the war against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). Moreover, even though the government’s peacemaking team has reached a truce with the Shan State Army (SSA), the Burma Army is reluctant to accept the...

Burma’s peace talks with Kachin rebels come to nothing

By Sun, Mar 11, 2012 2:13PM UTC Comments Off

The Burmese government led by President Thein Sein seems to be neglecting its own promises – good governance, national reconciliation, poverty alleviation etc. – made during the presidential inaugural ceremony. The regime is dragging its feet to honor ethnic people’s equal rights and self-determination. How much time does Burma need to bring about national reunion,...

Is Burma holding peace talks only to end economic sanctions?

By Thu, Feb 02, 2012 7:35PM UTC Comments Off

The historic Panglong Agreement has been ignored by the successive Burmese military rulers for decades. The agreement has been overlooked by the generals as they rule the country dictatorially. The Panglong Agreement was signed on Feb. 12, 1947, between General Aung San and leaders of the Chin, Kachin and Shan ethnic groups. According to several...