Politics

Some NCA signatories hold talks on JMC

Some ethnic NCA signatories have begun holding talks regarding the  Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) at the headquarters of the Karen National Union (KNU) in Kayin State.  Present at the discussions, which began on February 6, have been Chief of Staff General Saw Johnny of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), a subordinate of the Karen National Union (KNU), Major-General Saw Ai Zet Phoe of the KNU, Vice-Chairman (1) of the Joint Monitoring Committee-Union (JMC-U), Major Saw Rojer Khin, in-charge of KNU subordinate defence department, Phado Saw Tar Do Hmu,

Govt to sign nationwide ceasefire agreement with two more ethnic armed groups on Feb 13

The government will sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the New Mon State Party and Lahu Democratic Union at Myanmar International Convention Centre-II in Nay Pyi Taw on February 13.

The information was disclosed by Vice Chairman of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre and Union Minister for State Counsellor's Office Kyaw Tint Swe during a work coordination meeting on the organising the ceremony to sign the NCA, held at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw on February 5.

Myanmar Defence Minister attends ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Retreat in Singapore

Union Minister for Defence Lieutenant General Sein Win is attending ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Retreat-ADMM Retreat being held in Singapore, say local sources.

A delegation led by Lt-Gen Sein Win left for Singapore on February 4 morning to attend ADMM Retreat as well as Singapore Airshow 2018-SA 18.

The three-day ADMM Retreat that started on February 5 is being attended by the defence ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries and ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.

Kachin ethnics stage protest to rescue trapped residents in clashes

Kachin ethnics staged a protest in Mawnaw sports ground, Myitkyina on February 5 with the aim of rescuing the local people who are trapped in the clashes being broken out between government army and the KIA.

The demonstrators chanted slogans “We don’t want brutal killing of innocent people”, “Stop man shield”, and “Immediate stop of bombardment to innocent people”.

Each Kachin political party to reveal policies and stances to Kachin people for merger

Public’s decisions must be sought after each Kachin-based political party has revealed their policies and stances to Kachin people in an attempt to merge into a new large party.

The public consultation to support a merger between Kachin political parties will be held on February 20. Each Kachin political party will reveal policies and stances to the people, Dr Am Kon La, Chairman of Kachin National Congress, said.

Rally denounces attempts to break peace process

Tens of thousands of military supporters held a mass rally held in Maingdar Ground, Yangon Region on Sunday to denounce those attempting to break up the State’s defence and peace process.

The rally, organised by a pro-Tatmadaw group, was proceeded by entertainment, including youths of Kayin State performing traditional dances and songs.

The mass rally started with  salute to the State flag and singing national anthem. Those present took positions respectively.

State Counsellor and UEC chairman meet chairman of Asia Foundation

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a 32-member delegation led by David Dale Arnold, shairman of the Asia Foundation, at her office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.

At the meeting, the Asia Foundation spoke to the State Counsellor about matters relating to cooperation and rending assistance to capacity building and the education sectors.

Police outposts will be opened again in Maungdaw Region

NAYPYITAW- For regional situation and border security affairs, police outposts will be opened again in Maungdaw Region, Rakhine State, says Maj-Gen Aung Soe, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.
 
Moreover, army is carrying out security tasks in Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships, Rakhine State together with Myanmar Police Force, Border Guard Force, 34 of armed militias. 
 

Work postponed after bridge on Myikyina-Puta O destroyed

All construction work was suspended after a bridge on the Myikyina-Putao road was destroyed by KIA, according to Kachin State Road Construction Department.

The department has spent K37 billion on construction of the bridge. There are 10 companies working on the work site, employing 2,000 people. Due to the security measures, all work was suspended and an order has been issued to move workers and machines to safe places such as Myikyina, Sumprabum and Putao.

NMSP and LDU to sign NCA very soon

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) jointly announced that they would sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in a short time after having separate meetings with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.