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Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

Burma’s ethnic conflicts: A mission without an answer?

By Mon, May 19, 2014 12:09PM UTC 1 Comment Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

Another round of talks between the Burmese government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has ended withou progress. A delegation of KIO led by Sumlut Gam and Maj-Gen Sumlut Gun Maw had their counterparts from government on May 13  in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state. The government’s side was led by Minister U Aung...

Burma: Will the Myitsone Dam project resume?

By Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:45AM UTC 1 Comment In this photo taken on Dec. 7, 2009, the Irrawaddy River runs through Kachin State, northern Burma. The country's President Thein Sein called Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 for a halt to construction of a controversial Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam on the river in the state (Photo: Khin Maung Win / AP)

The resumption of the Myitsone hydropower dam project could get the go ahead after Burmese and Chinese leaders urged greater cooperation on the sidelines of the 10th ASEAN-China Expo. During a meeting with Burmese President U Thein Sein on September 3 in Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang...

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 needs to value peace talks in Kachin State

By Tue, Aug 27, 2013 12:24AM UTC Comments Off Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

Government of Burma and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) or the ethnic Kachin rebels signed a preparatory treaty on 30 May this year that seems to downscale military concerns in Burma’s Kachin state and northern Shan state. Many analysts consider that this preliminary agreement may direct to additional improvement towards accomplishing a peaceful conclusion. The eighth...

Analysis: A long way to go to create a peaceful Kachin state in Burma

By Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:49AM UTC Comments Off Peacemaking team of Government of Burma and delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May 31, 2013 (Thursday) in Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state, inside Burma.(Photo credit: Min Zaw Oo’s Face Book)

Ethnic minorities, including the Kachin people, have suffered decades of ruthless military offensives in the name of state security. Attacks on these rural civilians continue on a regular basis. There is a constant demand from Burma’s ethnic groups to allow them equal political, social and economic rights. They desire legitimate promise for the right of...

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