ANP to seek to public opinion on whether to attend 21st Century Panglong Conference

Arakan National Party (ANP) is going to survey people’s opinion on whether the ANP should attend the second meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to Dr Aye Maung, chairperson of the ANP.

Dr Aye Maung said: “Although the ANP has decided whether to attend or not, we need to know the public opinion. The party’s decision has to match with the public opinion.”

Charter change matters: Ko Ko Gyi

The much-criticised 2008 Constitution should be amended, Ko Ko Gyi of 88 Generation Peace and Open Society said.

Ko Ko Gyi made his remarks when he was discussing the charter change sector at Myanma Political Dialogue held at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on May 14.

Ko Ko Gyi said: “Talks on amendment to Section 436 were held nationwide and petitions were gathered. Only if we open the Section 436, can we make a constitutional amendment. But time will decide the charter change.

Suu Kyi to attend Chinese 'Belt and Road' forum

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the invitation of Chinese President 

Htin Kyaw receives Red Cross chief

President Htin Kyaw received a humanitarian delegation led by Peter Maurer, chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross, at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on May 12. 

The delegation from the Geneva-based body held a discussion with the president about humanitarian assistance and the promotion of improved relations and concrete cooperation. 

Suu Kyi calls for more 'union spirit'

The success of the peace process depends on what she called a "strong wish", State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in her opening speech to the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee. 

Annan's Rakhine commission discusses report with NLD

Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, held talks at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon on May 12 to discuss its interim report of the commission and what points should be inserted into the final report.

Tin Oo, NLD patron, said: “The interim report shows transparency. The matters are the ones capable of being carried out practically. However, these are not the one that can be done immediately. The government is responsible to do the tasks practically.”

USDP admits it has no power

Union Solidarity and Development Party spokesman Hla Thein addressed the press on May 12 in Nay Pyi Taw to say the former ruling party is settling in to its role in opposition. 

He said the USDP was not confronting the National League for Democracy government on every issue but would speak out to protect national and ethnic issues. The party had held security and economic forums this year to establish policy, he added. 

Peace talks reach 'milestone' deal: Zaw Htay

A 41-point deal was reportedly agreed at the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee’s meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on May 12.

It includes 21 political points, 10 with economic issues, four in the social sector and six with land and natural resources.

Yesterday’s meeting was the final preparation for the Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st-century Panglong conference, scheduled for May 24.

China’s Special Envoy meets with the Wa and Northern Alliance in Kunming

China’s Special Envoy on Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang met with five ethnic armed groups in Kunming on Thursday, a senior Ta’ang official has said.

The ethnic armed groups that attended the meeting with Sun Guoxiang were the United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army, the Kachin Independence Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Arakan Army.

Min Aung Hlaing meets UK peace group

Combatants must have a real sense of restoring peace and joining a multiparty democratic, argued Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the defence services.