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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)

Opinion: Burma debate keeps going on unitary state vs. federal union

By Sun, Feb 24, 2013 12:39AM 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)

The people of Burma have been longing for a peaceful and prosperous country since the 1948 independence victory. But regrettably, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of liberation. As a result, civil wars throughout the nation came forward with the independence offered by British colonial rule. In fact, General...

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 resumes peace talks with KIO in China, along with charter row

By Mon, Feb 04, 2013 9:49AM UTC Comments Off KIA recruits pray before breakast at a camp near Liaza, Kachin State, Burma,  in February 2012. (Photo- AP)

The Government of Myanmar (Burma) has welcomed peace gesture proposed in the statement issued by KIO’s Central Committee on February 1, 2013, as per Press Release (6/2013) of its Information Team via the state-run newspapers on 2 February. GOM said that it has believed the legitimate peace desired by all people can be achieved only...

Panglong Initiative alone can make peaceful Burma

By Wed, Nov 14, 2012 3:28PM UTC Comments Off President Thein Sein meets with ‘Peace Donor Support Group’ on 12 June. (Photo: www.president-office.gov.mm)

Speaking ahead of an imperative ‘Shan Conference’ to be held on 26-28 November, the leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) Lt-Gen Yawdserk said the way to lasting peace in Burma is a federal democratic system, according to the Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.). “The country needs to...

Burma Army continues reinforcements while Kachin peace talks idle

By Sat, Nov 10, 2012 8:34PM UTC 7 Comments Refugees take shelter in a camp in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Burma, in December 2011. (Pic: AP)

Last round of peace talks on 30 October between government of Burma and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) reached nowhere to end current hostility, according to media reports. The talks which took place at Ruili (Shweli), a town on Sino-Burma border, on October 30 ended earlier than estimated, since Brig Gen Gun Maw and any...

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