Two ethnic armed groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) and Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), released a joint statement on February 16 to say that all ethnic armed groups should be regarded as peace partners and not as terrorist groups, adding that the peace process should be accomplished in cooperation with them.
Under the supervision of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, the Pa-O national organisations will hold their forum from today (February 16) in Hopong Township in the Pa-O self-administered zone in Shan State.
The forum is expected to take five days and gather representatives from the government’s peace commission, Shan State's chief minister, parliamentary Speaker, political parties, armed groups and some 700 Pa-O representatives, according to the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).
If Chinese farmers are found illegally working on farmland across the border, they will be prosecuted under the 1947 Immigration Act, according to Major General Aung Soe, the military-appointed deputy minister for home affairs.
National reconciliation plays a crucial role not only between the government and the country’s ethnic armed groups but also among the ethnic groups themselves, President Htin Kyaw said on Union Day.
A ceremony to mark the 70th national day was held amid many festivities in Maha Bandoola Park on Sunday. Phyo Min Thein, Yangon’s Chief Minister, read out the President’s comments in a message for the occasion.