Rebels blame govt for Kokang fighting

 Fighting is continuously occurring in Kokang on the Chinese border and the government has not made contact with rebel groups, according to Brigadier General Dr Nyo Tun Aung, deputy commander-in-chief of the Arakan Army (AA) and spokesman for the Northern Alliance.

Suu Kyi wants Sagaing growth

 State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has asked Sagaing Region’s government to work closely with Nay Pyi Taw to improve electricity and transport, according to a statement from her office.

President Htin Kyaw to pay a goodwill visit to China

President Htin Kyaw is expected to pay a goodwill visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) next month at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Both presidents will concentrate on promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation, Kyaw Zeya, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the BBC news agency.

Kachin State parliament demands clarification over Kachin tribe list

The Kachin State parliament urged the Kachin State government and the union government to look at the list of the  tribes of Kachin. 
The MP of Kachin State parliament Zaw Moe Naw of Injangyang Constituency submitted the proposal. In total, there are six tribes accepted by the Kachin ethnic and twelve by the government agencies. 

Duterte meets Myanmar’s leaders in Nay Pyi Taw

President Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing separately received Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on March 20 in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar.

Philippine President Duterte, who arrived on March 19 for his official two-day visit to Myanmar, first met President Htin Kyaw on March 20 and then met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. He also met Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in the evening.

UPDJC and economists discuss federal economy

Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) members and economists discussed the state of the federal economy in Yangon on March 20.

The talk was arranged by the Forum of Federations (FOF) and the Euro Burma Myanmar Office and will take two days. Topics on the table are the wealth share between the central government and state and regional governments, taxation, how each state can work toward a federal union and the economy in a federal system.

Mon State Day celebrations hear call for peace effort

Celebrations marking the 43rd Mon State Day were held in Mawlamyine, Mon State, on Sunday.

Aye San, the Chief Minister of Mon State, made an address and a message from President Htin Kyaw was read out by Min Kyi Win, the Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

As part of the activities, prizes were handed out and members of the Mon, Kayin and Pa-O ethnic groups entertained those present with folk dances.

NCA signatories meet with DPN of UNFC in Chiang Mai

Leaders of eight Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signatories met representatives of the Delegation of Peace Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Chiang Mai on Sunday.

The UNFC was formed with ethnic armed groups that have not signed on to the NCA. The NCA has been signed by eight ethic armed groups so far.

Parties without parliament seats barred from peace conference

The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) will create a list of the political parties who did not win any seats in the 2015 election and submit them to the Union Peace Conference.

300 political prisoners still held: activists

A monthly report by the Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said that approximately 300 political prisoners were still detained in prison in February.

According to the report, 92 political arrests were made in February of whom 90 were from ethnic minorities. There were 36 farmers held, the NGO said. One detainee was arrested under Telecommunications Law Section 66(d) and one was detained under Peaceful Demonstration Act Section 19.