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President U Thein Sein delivered a speech on 14 August 2013, at the ceremony to take heed of the address and make affirmation at the hall of the Presidential Palace, Nay-Pyi-Taw.(President Office Website)

Can Burma’s President complete his peace plan?

By Mon, Sep 16, 2013 6:57PM UTC Comments Off President U Thein Sein delivered a speech on 14 August 2013, at the ceremony to take heed of the address and make affirmation at the hall of the Presidential Palace, Nay-Pyi-Taw.(President Office Website)

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,...

Can Burma Vice-President make peace with ethnic rebels?

By Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:31PM UTC 1 Comment Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham meets with towns elders at Aung Mingala Hall in Hsenwi Township in Shan State (North) on 26 August, 2013. (Pho: President Office Website)

Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, Head of the Union Level Peacemaking Implementation Committee, is going to meet with the Rehabilitation Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Nay Pyi Taw on August 31 for a Peace talk, Eleven Media Group reported. The Union Level Peacemaking Implementation Committee comprises...

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...

Can Burma make a comprehensive peace deal with ethnic Kachin?

By Mon, Jun 17, 2013 1:26AM 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)

Burma’s Government and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) signed a preparatory agreement on 30 May to downsize military concerns in Kachin state and northern Shan state. Many analysts deem this preliminary agreement may lead to extra progress towards accomplishing a diplomatic finale. But, it looks like uncertain. However, armed-forces loyal to Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) clashed...

Analysis: Can Burma negotiate with ethnic rebels for genuine peace?

By Fri, Mar 22, 2013 6:06PM UTC Comments Off Peace marchers wearing blue T-shirt in downtown Yangon on 21 September 2012, International Peace Day, calling to end civil war in Kachin state. (Photo Credit: Zin Wai’s Facebook)

The government of Burma has released a number of statements indicating its willingness to reach an agreement with ethnic armed groups and political opponents, both domestic and exiled. Unfortunately, those offers have been considered contradictory. Ethnic minorities have been suffering through five decades of brutal military maneuvers in the name of national unity. Attacks on...

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