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Media, NGOs discuss reporting the peace process
Internews Europe organized a discussion to engage the media and civil society organizations in how to deal with the sensitive ongoing peace process between the Myanmar government and ethnic parties. Full article here.
UNFC ethnic alliance Clears up ‘misdunderstanding’ with Nay Pyi Taw
The largest alliance of ethnic armed groups in Myanmar, the United Nationalities Federal Council or UNFC claims that it has been able to clear up what the group characterized as a “misunderstanding” with officials in Nay Pyi Taw about the group's policy, reports the Kachin News Group on November 21. Full article here.
Cadet Casualties Were Trainees From Allied Armies, KIA Say
All four armed groups released public statements this week condemning the attack and questioning the government’s commitment to peace. Full article here.
Obama sees ‘New Day’ for Myanmar, but Urges reform Measure
U.S. President Barack Obama said he is confident of a "new day" in Myanmar, but added there is work yet to be done to reform the Southeast Asian country. Full article here.
An opinion piece on Ceasefires and Political Dialogue prepared and presented by Dr. Alan Smith (FLD Director) for a discussion in Mytkyina, Kachin State on 21st November 2014.
Since the reform process began in 2011 the vast majority of international press coverage of Myanmar had been positive – moving forward towards a new and enticing Asian frontier, where democracy and improved international trade could improve the lives of the country’s 51 million citizens and provide a burgeoning new market for cash-rich western businesses looking to gain an extra foothold in the world’s fastest growing region. Full article here.
Key Points and summaries from the EPRP workshop "Ethnic Issues and the Peace Process" during 18~19 and 22~23 July, 2013, in Myitkyina, Myanmar.
EPRP database of resources related to the peace process in Myanmar, peace processes in general and including specific topics and resources focussing on gender issues in peace processes.
Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar
Gender and Peace
The Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) provides information and training to support ethnic organisations and communities to participate in Myanmar's peace process.
This website provides a database of Peace Resources covering Myanmar-specific topics as well as more general information about international practice regarding peace processes and international norms and international law:
Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar reflects the situation of ethnic people in Myanmar, as individual and as communities within the Union of Myanmar.
Peace Processes includes more general information from international sources related to peace processes (such as human rights norms, ceasefires, mediation and negotiation).
The Gender and Peace section provides resources to raise awareness and support gender equity in the ceasefire and peace process.
A 15-member committee assigned to draft a framework for the political dialogue due after a nationwide ceasefire agreement expects to finalise their proposal by the close of Wednesday. The committee, which is made up of representatives of 56 political parties, is holding what it hopes to be its final meeting in Rangoon, where it will lay the finishing touches to a document which is to be offered to both ethnic armed groups and a Burmese government delegation. Formed in September, the 15 political party members have met eight times to discuss and draft the dialogue framework.
Ref : DVB News, Publish November 19, 2014
A Burmese government delegation lead by Hla Maung Shwe travelled to Thailand on November 2 to hold ceasefire talks with the Shan State Army- South (RCSS/SSA). RCSS spokesman Col. Sai La said, “The government delegation explained the current situation in Burma, especially the recent quadripartite talks involving President Thein Sein, the Commander-in-Chief, parliamentary representatives and political party leaders, as well as issues surrounding the signing of a nationwide ceasefire, and subsequent political dialogue.” The Shan State Army- South intends to sign a ceasefire agreement, Sai la said, but is still in discussions on whether it will sign together with other groups or insist on a separate accord.” Nyo Ohn Myint from MPC said no significant progress was made at the talks this week.
Ref : DVB News, Publish, Nov 6, 2014
Burma’s President Thein Sein announced plans on Wednesday to hold a meeting between representatives of the government, parliament, military and political parties. Which will take place at the presidential residence in Naypyidaw on 31 October. The meeting will focus on the peace process, national reconciliation and the country’s reform efforts. The meeting is due to be attended by the following 14 individuals: President Thein Sein and his two vice-presidents; parliamentary speakers, NLD Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi; the military’s Commander-in-Chief and Vice-Commander-in-Chief, Union Election Commission Chairman, SNLD Chairman Khun Htun Oo; Shan State Nationalities Democratic Party Chairman Sai Aik Pao, the National Democratic Force Chairman Khin Maung Swe, Than Tin from the National Unity Party; and USDP party.
Ref, DVB News, Publish Oct, 29 2014
The Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC)—the body in charge of negotiating with Burma’s armed ethnic groups—has suggested setting up a joint liaison body with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to prevent further hostilities in Shan State. The SSA-N met with the UPWC on Saturday at the Burmese army’s Northeast Regional Military Command headquarters in the Shan State town of Lashio, where lower house MP Thein Zaw from the UPWC proposed the government’s plan to form a liaison team that would include: regional police and military commanders; the minister for border and security affairs; and SSA-N officials.
Ref : DVB News, Publish 21 Oct, 2014
The secretary of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy U Sai Nyunt Lwin has voiced his concern that the planned 2015 general election could be delayed due to military clashes and deployments in eastern Myanmar and some border areas. On October 15, the secretary discussed the topic of the 2015 election on the second day of a seminar exploring the views of civic organizations about Myanmar’s reform process. The gathering was entitled, Seminar of Civil Organizations on the Political Transition Process, and was held in Insein, Yangon. U Sai Nyunt Lwin claimed some political analysts feared there would be a postponement or delay in holding the general election at the end of 2015.
Ref : Mizzima, Publish, 16 Oct, 2014
Ceasefire watchdogs works for northern Shan and Kachin state is underway to form “ceasefire watchdog groups” by the end of this year to monitor clashes between ethnic and government troops, said Maran Gyaw Gun, peace process assistant manager of the Nyein Foundation, based in Myitkyina, Kachin State on October 13. According to the Nyein Foundation, the groups are to focus on monitoring the movements of troops on both sides, collect information on how they liaise with each other, and submit reliable evidence on the actions and loss and injury of people involved in the conflicts.
Ref : Mizzima, Publish Oct 14, 2014
Fresh clashes between ethnic armed forces and the Tatmadaw could delay the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, a senior peace negotiator has warned.In southern Myanmar, attacks on the Tatmadaw by unknown assailants in Kayin and Mon states at the end of September drove 300 villagers from their homes, but did not produce casualties. In early October, meanwhile, fighting flared briefly between the Tatmadaw and Shan State Army-North in Kye-thi Township, Shan State. On October 5, the United Wa State Army wrote to President U Thein Sein, army commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann urging an end to the offensive in Shan State.
Ref : Myanmar Times, Publish Oct 9, 2014