Two papers appeared from 2nd National-level Political Dialogue’s CSO peace forum to be submitted to UPC

Two papers regarding federal fundamentals, and resettlement and rehabilitation appeared from the 2nd National-level Political Dialogue’s CSO peace forum will be submitted to the Third Meeting of the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference through the secretaries’ group of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC).

Volunteers back up for further assistance to the displaced in Rakhine

Young volunteers from the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) will start on the fourth stage of a project that helps people displaced by violence in the north of the state.

 The third batch of the aid contribution programme had been launched on January 1 and the volunteers provided rice, edible oil, salt, beans, potatoes, onions, canned fish and milk-powder packs for 169 households comprising with 1,174 displaced people in Kanyindaw village in Maungdaw Township. The fourth batch will start on January 13.

Union President calls on all ethnic national races to work together

We all need to work collectively for creating a suitable constitution for the country as we build the Democratic Federal Republic in accordance with the results of the political dialogues, according to Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw.

His remarks were made January 4 at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Independence Day on January 4.

Since olden times, our country has existed as an independent and sovereign country under our own King, said the President.

Rakhine’s municipal minister under fire

The Rakhine Parliament has decided that Rakhine State’s minister of municipality Min Aung should cease and desist from his administrative duties.
On January 2, MPs voted 37 for and 8 against on the decision to bring the accusation against the minister forward to higher echelons of the central government, namely President Htin Kyaw.

General N’Ban La becomes KIO chairman

General N’Ban La has become the chairman of Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) after Zawng Hra took retirement on health grounds. Five major positions were also reshuffled, said Colonel Naw Bu, spokesperson of the Kachin Independence Organisation/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA).

Policies on youths’ affairs to be introduced this month

Policies on youths’ affairs will be introduced at International Convention Centre-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on January 5, with an opening address by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Minister for Education, the Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, and the Minister for Health and Sports will attend the event.

Two major Mon ethnicity political parties discuss merger

Top officials of All Mon Region Democracy Party and Mon National Party discussed matters relating to a merger in Mawlamyine, Mon State on January 2.
The top officials from AMRDP and MNP approved agreements made at a previous informal meeting, Naing San Tin, secretary of All Mon Region Democracy Party told the Daily Eleven newspaper.

Six landmines found in Rakhine: officials

Authorities seized six landmines and related materials on December 31 in Mrauk Bond Village, northern Maungdaw township of Rakhine State.

They say the mines were handmade and found at an unoccupied house in the village. The village tract administrator Zaw Win Tun reported to security forces that a suspicious package was found inside the compound owned previously by Abdullah.

When the security forces searched the compound in the evening, they found that the package contained six mines and related materials.

Peace Commission meets with Mon to discuss ceasefire


MON- The Peace Commission met on December 28 with the New Mon State Party (NMSP), Mon State Government Committee and the Nippon Foundation at the U Zin Lay monastery in Tuu Myaung village, Ye Township, Mon State.

They discussed signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), the peace process and regional development needs.

NSCN-K talks with Peace Commission in Yangon

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) engaged in talks on December 28 with the government-formed Peace Commission at the National Reconciliation Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon.

The rare meeting discussed issues related to attendance at the Third Meeting of the Union Peace Conference (also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference) to be held at the end of January 2018, in addition to issues of development and regional peace and security.