Politics

Army chief visits Germany

A delegation led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the defence services, paid a goodwill visit to Germany on April 22.

Big meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday to review of peace activities

YANGON – The Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) to review peace activities and the second Panglong conference will be held in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, Khun Myint Tun, chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO) said.

Officials at the meeting will also discuss political talks jointly organised by the government, ethnic armed groups and civic organizations.

Kachin parties discuss land and resources

Four Kachin minority political parties are due to meet today to prepare for discussions on land and natural resources ahead of the national-level nationality talks.

The Kachin Democratic Party (KDP), Kachin State Democracy Party, the KDP, Kachin National Congress and Lhaovo National Unity and Development Party which together formed the Kachin Political Cooperation Committee to prepare a united stance ahead of peace talks.

Court rejects Buddhist complaint against journalist

Kyauktada Township Court rejected an attempt to sue Swe Win, the chief editor of Myanmar Now news agency, on April 21.

The complaint was filed by Thet Myo Oo of Kyimyindaing Township on March 20 citing the remarks made by Swe Win during his press conference and an interview that allegedly tarnished the image of Buddhism.

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.