Annan's Rakhine commission discusses report with NLD

Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, held talks at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon on May 12 to discuss its interim report of the commission and what points should be inserted into the final report.

Tin Oo, NLD patron, said: “The interim report shows transparency. The matters are the ones capable of being carried out practically. However, these are not the one that can be done immediately. The government is responsible to do the tasks practically.”

USDP admits it has no power

Union Solidarity and Development Party spokesman Hla Thein addressed the press on May 12 in Nay Pyi Taw to say the former ruling party is settling in to its role in opposition. 

He said the USDP was not confronting the National League for Democracy government on every issue but would speak out to protect national and ethnic issues. The party had held security and economic forums this year to establish policy, he added. 

Peace talks reach 'milestone' deal: Zaw Htay

A 41-point deal was reportedly agreed at the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee’s meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on May 12.

It includes 21 political points, 10 with economic issues, four in the social sector and six with land and natural resources.

Yesterday’s meeting was the final preparation for the Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st-century Panglong conference, scheduled for May 24.

China’s Special Envoy meets with the Wa and Northern Alliance in Kunming

China’s Special Envoy on Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang met with five ethnic armed groups in Kunming on Thursday, a senior Ta’ang official has said.

The ethnic armed groups that attended the meeting with Sun Guoxiang were the United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army, the Kachin Independence Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Arakan Army.

Min Aung Hlaing meets UK peace group

Combatants must have a real sense of restoring peace and joining a multiparty democratic, argued Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the defence services.

State Counsellor to attend China’s trade summit


State Counsellor and Foreign Affairs Minister Aung San Suu Kyi will be visiting China as per the Chinese President Xi Jiping invitation to attend Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

ANP to call for national-level political dialogue in Rakhin State at UPDJC meeting


The Arakan National Party (ANP) plans to call on the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) to allow them to hold the national-level political dialogue in Rakhine State, Oo Oo Hla Saw, a CEC member of the ANP, said.

The ANP held CEC meeting at its headquarters in Sittway, Rakhine State on May 10 and decided to demand that the political dialogue be held in Rakhine State. 

Suu Kyi returns from EU

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Suu Kyi receives Freedom of the City of London award

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received the Freedom of the City of London, awarded by the London Mayor and the City Council, at the Guildhall Building in London on Monday.

The award has been given by since the 13th century. It is an honour bestowed by a municipality upon a valued member of the community, or upon a visiting celebrity or dignitary.

Famous winners of the award include world leaders such asDesmond Tu Tu and Lee Kuan Yew, US presidents, UK prime ministers, artists and writers.

Wa group to quit ethnic council

The Wa National Organisation (WNO) is reportedly quitting the United Nationalities Federal Council.

A letter supposedly from the WNO to the council without a date is spreading on social media. Major Ta Nyi Lu, secretary of the WNO, confirmed the quitting and said the letter was a draft and leaked on social media before being sent to the council, according to reports.

Ta Nyi Lu was not available for the Daily Eleven's questions.