YANGON, Burma (AP) — Representatives of Burma’s government and Kachin ethnic rebels said Thursday they made significant progress in their latest peace talks and that a comprehensive cease-fire agreement including all armed ethnic groups might be in sight. Burma for decades has faced rebellions from minority groups seeking autonomy. The Kachin are the only major...
A peacemaking meeting was held between the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) and a government peacemaking team led by President’s Office Minister U Aung Min on 8 September in Chiang Mai, Thailand. U Aung Min’s true intention was selling the Burmese government plan to ethnic armed groups to join in October’s nationwide ceasefire signing ceremony,...
In the same week that President Thein Sein told an audience in London that all political prisoners would be freed by the end of the year, several more were added. First was Brang Shawng, a Kachin farmer taken by police a year ago from a displacement camp in Burma’s north for alleged links to the...
Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society writes Melissa Crouch, East Asia Forum for Asia Sentinel The rule of law and the constitution matter. This is evident in Burma/Myanmar, where current steps towards constitutional amendment have the potential to determine the future direction of the country’s transition process. A key issue is whether...
YANGON, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Burma troops have clashed with ethnic Kachin rebels more than 20 times since signing an agreement last month to de-escalate fighting, a spokesman for the Kachin armed forces said Sunday, questioning the government’s commitment to the peace process. “We cannot build trust just by holding talks,” La Nan of the Kachin Independence...
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