Politics

Military says ethnic groups supplying Kokang rebels

The United Wa Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Mongla group (also known as the National Democracy Alliance Army) have been aiding the Kokang rebels, Lieutenant-General Mya Tun Oo from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief told a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Parliament declares state of emergency in Kokang

The Union Parliament has imposed a state of emergency and martial law on the Kokang Self-Administered Zone in Shan State with no MPs objecting. 

The approval vote came after Presidential Office minister Aung Min tabled a proposal on the declaration of a state of emergency and military administration order. 

NCCT demands end to ceasefire deadlock

If a seventh round of ceasefire talks is arranged before disagreements are settled, there will be no progress, according to Naing Hantha, leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

The government's Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) and the NCCT held the sixth ceasefire talks in September 2014 but have failed to organise further meetings since.

Both parties met in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to hold a seventh round earlier this month but the event was unsuccessful.

Speaker meets Kokang representatives

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann has met representatives of the Kokang self-administered region to discuss forming an official committee to end the conflict there.

The Speaker summoned the meeting on February 19 with Laukkai MP Kyaw Ni Naing, Konkyan MP Gangte Won and Lugwon Shi MP of Shan State's no.11 constituency.

Parliament urged to speedily approve national education bill

The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) and its allied organisations on February 19 urged the Union parliament to speedily approve the National Education Reform bill.

Three representatives of the protesting students attended the 3-day meeting organised by the UNA and its allied organisations. 

A proposal should not go against prescribed law: Shwe Mann

The majority of lawmakers recently voted down a motion seeking protection for people living on the side of to-be-expanded highways, AH-1 and AH-2.

The Construction Ministry plans to expand the highways’ width from 100 feet to 230 feet. According to Deputy Construction Minister Win Myint, the road boundary amendment was submitted to the Lower House on March 5, 2014 and it was approved by Parliament later. President Thein Sein endorsed the bill on July 24.

NLD chairperson: Respect rule of law

The rule of law must always prevail, National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday when asked to comment on the government's declaration of martial law in Kokant.

"I have understood that the imposition of martial law is carried out from the military point of view," she said. "The army itself has a duty to safeguard the country and people. It depends on the procedures. The rule of law cannot be neglected in any kind of administration. It should be done within the framework."

Kokang martial law responsibilities outlined

Colonel Saw Myint Oo has been appointed to oversee all executive functions in Kokang while the region is under martial law, the office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services has announced.

KNU leaders at odds over Union Day pledge

The ruling government, political parties and four ethnic armed groups, including the Karen National Union (KNU), signed a pledge for peace and national reconciliation on the 68th Union Day on February 12.

However, disagreement has reportedly arisen among KNU leaders over the signing of the pledge.

Among those who signed the Union Day pledge were KNU chairman General Saw Mutu Say Po and General Secretary Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win.

Wa, Mongla threaten nationwide ceasefire, says KNU official

The Wa and Mongla regions have different views on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) [than the other ethnic organisations], which is a big challenge to finalising it, said Padoh Saw Ta Mu La from the Karen National Union (KNU).