Ethnic armed groups call for constitutional change

Ethnic armed groups attending a three-day conference in Panghsan in Shan State over the weekend were unified in their demand that the 2008 constitution be amended, those in attendance report.

The ethnic armed group revealed their political positions and reached a consensus that constitutional change is vital to Myanmar's future, said Colonel Khun Oakka, patron of the Pao National Liberation Organisation.

Press being gagged: Suu Kyi

Myanmar has a lot of work to do achieve press freedom, according to Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of Parliament’s Rule of Law, Peace and Stability Committee.

She was speaking to mark World Press Freedom Day at the Novotel Hotel in Yangon on May 3. Minister for the President’s Office Ye Htut and Lower House MP Khine Maung Yi, from Parliament’s information committee attended the event.

Military bans media outlets from publishing Kokang group’s statements

The Military Authoritative Information Team today sent a letter to Myanmar Press Council (Interim) informing that the local news media outlets are not to cover any statements released by Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).

Speaker ready for Suu Kyi coalition

Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann has said he is ready to cooperate with the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to Reuters.

He was visiting the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC when he was asked about the possibility of a coalition government between his ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and Suu Kyi’s NLD.

Panghsan summit looks to change ceasefire deal

The amendments to nationwide ceasefire agreement made at the summit for armed ethnic groups organised by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) will be discussed with the government, said Naing Han Tha, the leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

Armed ethnic organisations made amendments to the peace deal, which has been already approved by the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the NCCT, which was formed from 16 armed ethnic organisations.

Party registration for election ends

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has announced that the registration period for setting up a new political party ended on April 30.

A total of 73 parties, including two new ones, applied for registration to run in the 2015 general election. Checks are still being conducted on 14 parties, said Hla Maung Cho, deputy director from the UEC.

The UEC told parties to register before the end of April ahead of the election that is expected in November.

Peace deal worthless: UWSA head

PANGHSAN – A ceasefire deal without peace was just a worthless piece of paper, chairman Bao Youxiang of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said in his inaugural speech to the armed ethnic groups meeting in Panghsan Township, Wa self-administered zone, in northern Shan State. 

He said that successive governments had failed to respect the prestige and honour of minority ethnic groups who had been left behind by Myanmar’s rulers.

Rebel armed groups to attendsummit in Wa state

More than sixty officials from 12 ethnic armed groups will attend the armed forces summit hosted by the United Wa Solidarity Army (UWSA) inPangkham from today.

The summit, according to Secretary Aung Myint of the UWSA/UWSP central office, will kick off with a welcome speech by Chairman BaoYuxiang’s. Meetings will then run until the 6th with one rest day on Sunday the 3rd of May.

Final report of national census to be released in late May

The final report on Myanmar’s landmark national census will be released in the last week of May, the Ministry of Immigration and Population has announced.

Panghsan conference begins today

A total of 12 ethnic armed groups met today in Panghsan, Shan State, at the headquarters of the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

The 12 ethnic armed groups are: the Restoration Council of Shan State, Kachin Independence Organisation, Karen National Union, Kayanni National Progressive Party, Pa-Oh National Liberation Organisation, New Mon State Party, The United Wa State Army, Ta’ang National Liberation Army, Arakan Army, Shan State Progress Party, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (Kokang) and National Democratic Alliance Army (Mongla).