Only democracy can overcome 21st Century’s challenges: Union Parliament Speaker

A genuine democracy system is the only way to overcome the challenges of the 21st Century, Lower House Speaker T Khun Myat who took over the alternate seat of Speaker of Union Parliament said in his greeting speech to parliament on August 1.

Armed conflicts can’t solve political problem: TNLA

Holding peace conferences without stopping clashes won’t be able to solve prolonged political problems, said a source of Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
The remarks came from a biannual meeting of the central committee organized by the TNLA held at the central military headquarters of the TNLA in the Palaung Self-Administered Region from July 21 to 25.

Independent Commission of Enquiry formed

KITSAPA- After Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terror group attacks and subsequent fallout occurred in Rakhine State, government formed Independent Commission of Enquiry with the aim to investigate accusations of human rights violation and related cases, according to the announcement of President Office released on July 30th.

Kayah State Chief Minister negatively affects party: NLD Spokesperson


The Kayah State Chief Minister’s words have tarnished the image of the ruling National League for Democracy, said Dr Myo Nyunt, the spokesperson of the NLD told the media after the monthly CEC meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on July 29.

On July 23, the Tatmadaw True News Information Commission issued a statement in response to the Chief Minister’s comments about the placing of a statue of General Aung San.

Myanmar can’t tackle conflicts as long as essences of Panglong Agreement can’t be fulfilled

United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) issued a statement saying that Myanmar cannot tackle its conflicts as long as it fails to fulfill essences of Panglong Agreement such as equality, autonomy and establishment of democratic federal Union.
The statement appeared from Peace and Public Conference held at Yangon School For the Blind in Insein on July 27. 

UEC to release by-election candidate lists in August


Union Election Commission (UEC) will release the lists of candidates who will compete in the upcoming by-election scheduled on November 3, on August 6, said the UEC’s member Myint Naing.

There are 69 candidates from 24 political parties, including seven independent candidates, according the UEC.

Lower House Speaker urges lawmakers to continue cooperation in peace efforts

Lower House Speaker T Khun Myat has called on members of parliament to cooperate in continuing peace talks as Myanmar places emphasis on the Union Peace Conference also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference to achieve eternal peace.

Myanmar discusses enhancement of bilateral cooperation and relations with Lao

Kyaw Tin, Minister for International Cooperation, received Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on July 24. 
At the meeting, they discussed matters relating to the enhancement of bilateral cooperation and implementation of MoU on cooperation in electric power sector. 

Tatmadaw needs to change attitude and policy

Tatmadaw (defence services) needs to change attitude and policies if it really wants to implement nationwide peace and reforms, said Naw Si Po Ra Sein, the leader of KNU Concerned Group.
Naw Si Po Ra Sein is former Vice-Chairman of the KNU. 
The third session of the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference was held in Nay Pyi Taw from July 11 to 16. The KNU Concerned Group issued the No-3 review on internal peace process on July 23.

Skirmishes come back between government army and EAOs in Kyeethi

Skirmishes came back between Tatmadaw (government forces) and ethnic armed organizations (EAO) in Kyeethi Township, southern Shan State on July 23 and around 100 residents have been displaced by the fighting.
The displaced persons fleeing the clash that broke out in Namtu, northern Shan State on July 16 returned their native homes during the last few days, but they fled the current skirmishes once more.