Govt Peace Commission issues a statement

The peace commission made a statement concerning the ethnic armed forces’ meeting in Maijaryan.

The statement stated that successful cooperation to be made for all ethnic armed forces in the meeting, based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and bring good results for the 21st Century Panglon Summit.

A meeting of ethnic armed forces who have signed NCA and haven’t signed NCA will be held in Maijaryan from July 26 to 29.

Ethnic militia leaders urge constitutional amendment based on Panglong agreements

Ethnic militia leaders have suggested that amending the constitution and building a federal Union should be based on the Panglong agreements for the sake of Myanmar’s development and peace.

Lowe House MP Pu Chin Sian Thang, who is also the chairperson of the Zomi Congress for Democracy, said the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference should be based on the original Panglong agreements of 1947. A federal Union should be built systematically by structuring the state-level and Union-level authorities.

Peace process must lead to charter change: lobbyists

The Thakin Kodaw Hmaing Peace Network said on July 23 that August's peace conference should provide the basis for constitutional amendment. 

Thakin Kodaw Hmaing was an influential political leader and writer who died in 1964. 

The group said the public had spoken by voting National League for Democracy and the military should respect the people’s wishes and assist the party. By backing peace, the military could atone for its mistakes and restore its respect. 

Ethnic armed groups believe peace will be restored: NMSP leader

Ethnic armed organisations have believed that peace will be restored in Myanmar because the ruling government is not part of a military junta, said Naing Htaw Mon, chairman of New Mon State Party (NMSP) on July 18.

The chairman of the NMSP is one of the leaders of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC), which held a meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on July 17.

Eight ethnic armed groups hold summit on 21st Century Panglong Conference

The eight ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) last year met in Chiang Mai on July 18 and discussed the Maijayan Conference and their participation in the 21st Century Panglong Conference, said Col Khun Oakkar from the Pa-O National Liberation Army (PNLO).

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets UNFC

The United Nationalities Federal Council issued a statement yesterday quoting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi as saying the constitution will be amended based on the rule of law for local peace-building and the establishment of a federal Union. The state counsellor’s remarks were made during a meeting with ethnic leaders at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yanogn.