Politics

Education must foster thought, says Suu Kyi

Education plays an important role in bringing up citizens that are able to choose the right path, according Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

Suu Kyi was speaking to children after donating cash and goods to Buddhist monks marking the centenary of Bogyoke Aung San’s birthday at Kantatkon Masoeyein Monastery in Mandalay Region on February 14.

Ethnic groups hope to sign peace pledge

The government and four armed ethnic organisations signed a pledge for peace and national reconciliation on the 68th anniversary of Union Day on February 12 while other ethnic organisations accepted the pledge but did not sign.

The ethnic representatives said that they would try to persuade the remaining organisations to take part in the signing because the proposals were similar to those demanded by the ethnic groups.

Military chief discusses clashes with ethnic groups

Military chiefs, led by Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, held an hour-long meeting with representatives from 13 ethnic armed groups, who attended the Union Day celebration, in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. He explained the Laukkaing clashes and the national policies of the military, said the representatives, who clarified the stances of their armed organisations.

Ethnic groups meet Speakers

Ethnic armed leaders met the Speakers of the Union Parliament and Upper House at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 in Nay Pyi Taw after four of the 13 groups signed a deal to continue democratic reforms and form a federal union. 

NLD urges people to uphold Union spirit

The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has called for the people’s participation in designing national reconciliation, peace and constitutional amendment through Union spirit Bogyoke Aung San and ethnic leaders had cultivated on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of Union Day which falls on February 12.

Myanmar informs Chinese military attaché about Laukkaing clashes

State-controlled media said on February 12 that the government has informed the Chinese military attaché about the Laukkaing clashes, adding that "ethnic Kokang rebels" entered Myanmar through the Chinese border before the clashes and were well-trained in high-tech military weaponry. 

Inter-ethnic cooperation needed to build democracy, says president

Cooperation between all ethnic groups is crucial to building a democratic country and overcoming other obstacles, urged President Thein Sein in a formal letter presented at yesterday's Union Day ceremony.

The formal letter was read by Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Khan in a ceremony to mark the 68th Union Day yesterday morning at Nay Pyi Taw City Hall.

In the letter, the president said the nation's sovereignty rests on the unity between all ethnic groups.

Government, ethnic armed groups sign agreement to build federal state

The Myanmar government and four ethnic armed groups signed an agreement to build a state based on democracy and a federal system yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw.

The four groups are the Karen National Union (KNU), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), Karen National Liberation Army and Shan State Restoration Council/Shan State Army.

NLD leader meets protesting students in Nay Pyi Taw

Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy, met with students protesting against the proposed national education reform bill in Nay Pyi Taw on February 12, according to the NLD social media.

The protesting students confirmed their meeting with Suu Kyi which was also attended by MPs Su Su Lwin , Phyo Zeya Thaw and  Thein Swe.

At the meeting, the students discussed the reasons for staging the protest against the proposed education law.

Six-party talks may materialize before elections, says Speaker Thura Shwe Mann

Six-party talks may materialize before the 2015 general elections, Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann told the media at today’s press meet in Nay Pyi Taw.