Army is trying its best to end internal conflicts, says military chief

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said on Tuesday, January 16, that the army is an organisation that wants eternal peace. Its duty is to protect the country and the army is trying its best to end internal conflicts, according to announcement from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.

Three Kachin political parties agree to merge

Leaders from three Kachin parties signed a January 13 merger agreement at the YMCA in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State.
The Kachin Democratic Party, Kachin State Democracy Party and the Kachin National Congress have agreed to a merger, according to Dr Am Kaw La, chair of the Kachin National Congress Party.
“But there is much more work to be done,” he said.
“Today’s meeting mainly focused on the merger agreement and the future tasks. Three parties have agreed to a merger. The second issue is how we go forward.”

Japanese foreign minister meets Myanmar leaders


Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono paid a courtesy call on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing separately on January 12 in Nay Pyi Taw.

On 9.30 am on Saturday, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received a Japanese delegation led by Mr Kono at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They discussed bilateral relations and the promotion of peace and stability in the region.

Ex-Chief Minister denies ‘personal business’ reason for resignation


Mann Johnny, the recently resigned Chief Minister of Ayeyawady Region denies allegations that his withdrawal from the position was due to “family business affairs”.

He hosted a press conference on Friday at his office, reiterating the point that his decision to retire was due to his ailing health – quoting multiple instances of broken bones, eye surgery and traffic accidents among other assorted injuries – and the worry that he would not be able to serve his office efficiently.

Bridge to link Rakhine and Ayeyawady underway


A bridge to connect Rakhine State and Ayeyawady Region is under construction.

The Kyaukchun bridge is 200 feet (60 metres) long and will link Ayeyawady’s Paukhlagyine village and Rakhine’s Kyaukchun village.

State MP Po San from Kyaukpyu Township, Rakhine, said: “The bridge is just 10 miles (16 kilometres) away from Gwa Township in Rakhine and 50 miles (80 km) away from Pathein in Ayeyawady.”

Mann Johnny resigned from post of chief minister to hold a press

Mann Johnny, who resigned from the post of regional chief minister of Ayeyawady Region, has planned to hold a press conference after handing over his duties to a new chief minister who will be elected at the parliamentary emergency meeting to be held on January 15.

The press conference will be held as he is to clarify the reasons why he resigns and ongoing rumours, Win Htay, Minister for Electric Power, Transport and Industry, who is also a spokesperson, told the media after the coordination meeting with regional cabinets.

State Counsellor receives Ph ex-president Arroyo


Unite for stability and development, President urges Kachin people

By attaining and grasping good and firm foundation, the nation will strive together with the people of Kachin State for the stability and development of the Kachin State, said President Htin Kyaw.

The remarks came from the message sent by President Htin Kyaw to the 70th Anniversary of Kachin State Day, which falls on January 10. It also came as the nation continued the peace process, including the 21st Century Panglong Conference.

Rakhine government ready to help anyone settle in Maungdaw

Rakhine State’s government says it will provide any help for those who want to settle in southern Maungdaw Township and southern Yathaytaung Township.

“As far as I know, there arrived some people in Inndin who came there to settle. If the state government is officially informed, we will provide help necessary help for them,” said Agriculture and Livestock Minister Kyaw Lwin for Rakhine State.

Mon chief urges NMSP to sign NCA

Mon State Chief Minister Dr Aye Zan said on January 4 that he has requested the New Mon State Party (NMSP) sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to achieve peace in the southern parts of Myanmar.
He personally met with Kyaikdata Mawbayet Sayadaw and top leaders of the NMSP at Yay on November 26 and they came to two agreements at the meeting, he said.