Politics

Shan rebels unsure about attending peace talks

The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) 

Paper outlining stance of ethnic groups to be sent to govt

A paper proposed by the Wa and approved by the leaders of ethnic armed groups at the fourth ethnic summit will be sent immediately to the government, Brigadier-General Tar Phone Kyaw, general secretary of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), has said.
 
The fourth summit was sponsored by the United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA) and held in Pangkham, over five days up to Wednesday (April 15 to 19). 
 

Three ethnic armed groups prefer to meet peace commission together

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) will not meet the government-formed peace commission separately if they get a chance to meet the commission together, Brig-Gen Tar Phone Kyaw, general secretary of the TNLA and member of Northern Alliance said on Thursday.
 
The Northern Alliance has four members: the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
 

Shan political talks to be held in Taunggyi

Shan national-level political talks are due to be held in Taunggyi for three days starting on Sunday, Aung Soe, a member of the peace commission, said on Thursday.
 
Preparations have been made to enable respective districts in Shan State to submit proposals to the talks. National-level political talks were permitted in some places in Shan State by the Tatmadaw (defence services). 
 

Whether to attend 21st Century Panglong Conference depends on CEC’s decision

Ethnic Rakhine have asked the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) to allow them to hold national-level discussions, and their attendance at the 21st Century Panglong Conference depends on the response, vice-chairman Khine Pyay Soe of Arakan National Party (ANP) said.  

The meeting of the central executive committee (CEC) is due to be held at the end of April, Khine Pyay Soe said.

Pangkham summit issues statement saying only committee will discuss with government

Ethnic armed groups will not be allowed to talk to the government-formed peace commission directly after the Union Political Dialogue Negotiation Committee (UPDNC) was formed, a statement released by the Wa-sponsored Pangkham ethnic summit said.

The fourth summit was sponsored by the United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA) and it was held in Pangkham, from April 15 to 19.

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SNLD’s elected MPs will submit needs for education, health to parliament

The elected MPs from Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) will be submitting the education and health sector requirements as first priority to the parliament, according to the elected MPs.

Moreover, the elected MPs will strive to improve the socio-economic status of residents of Monghsu and Kyeethe Townships, Shan State.

Shan nationality talks in limbo

The Restoration Council of Shan State has asked for relocation of the Shan nationality forum and is still waiting for a reply from the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), sources say.

The military recommended the council to hold the talks in Mongpan, Monhtaw or Nampankhun Township. The council instead wanted to hold them in Taunggyi or Panglong, saying the towns the military recommended were inconvenient for the attendees to travel and stay.