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Burma’s ethnic states await outcome of Scottish referendum

Scotland decides for “Yes Independence” or “No, thanks we are better together”. The Ethnic States in Burma, the Kachin and the Shan States are waiting interestingly to see the outcome of this referendum. Full article here.

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Representatives from more than 50 political parties have agreed to produce a single framework to guide political dialogue between the Union government and ethnic groups following the signing of a nationwide ceasefire, according to a statement released after a meeting of the parties in Yangon on September 13 and 14. The statement from the 56 political parties said that they had committed to work together to produce a single framework for political framework and they would also discuss this framework with the political parties that did not send representatives to the meeting.

Ref : Eleven Media

Myanmar can bring about efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord only if the government and armed ethnic organisations discover a  way to work together and solve their ongoing problems and differences, said Dr Salai Lian Hmung, member of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT). A ceasefire draft is expected to be completed during the forthcoming meeting. A solution could not be reached during talks last month because the government tended to favour a form of sovereignty-sharing during an interim period that could decide the position and survival of ethic organisations.

Ref : Eleven Media

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma. The KPSN held a press conference and launched its report titled – Critique of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Blueprint for Development in South-Eastern Burma/Myanmar. The JICA study has led to concerns over its recommendation of large-scale development projects in Karen and Mon States, which include infrastructure development, industrial estates and rubber plantations. The aim of the plan is to help facilitate the durable return of refugees and villagers internally displaced in Burma.

Ref : KIC VIA BNI

A suggested framework for the political dialogue planned to follow the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement will be drafted by a fifteen person working committee representing 56 of Myanmar’s smaller political parties. The decision was announced on September 14 after a two day conference sponsored predominantly by; the Federal Democratic Alliance, a coalition of smaller parties including the National Democratic Force; the National Brotherhoods Federation, a coalition of ethnic minority parties; the National Unity Party and the Myanmar Farmers Development Party.

Ref : Mizzima VIA BNI

Members of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) recently concluded discussions in Laiza, Kachin State. The talks agreed that there are ten outstanding points between the government and ethnic groupsincluding their stance on federal principles, ceasefire wording and the decision-making role of the NCCT, as well as matters related to the political dialogue and technical coordination with the government. Time is running out to sign a nationwide ceasefire to leave enough time for the next step of the process - an agreement on the framework for national dialog - before the elections in 2015. The next few months will thus be crucial in determining if the peace process initiated under the Thein Sein government have been a success.

published 4 August, 2014

In this opinion piece by Sithu Aung Myint, he makes the argument that Myanmar is heading towards a political crisis. According to his analysis, the failures of the reform process to initiate dialog and reconciliation between ethnic groups, as well as religious communities, are leaving communities at a standoff. Added to this, he cites the government's increasing crackdown on the media and the lack of progress on constitutional reform as factors that make opposition forces such as the NLD and ethnic parties increasingly wary that real change can be achieved though the current political process. Do you agree that a political crisis is coming?

- published 4 August, 2014

Differences between the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and the government regarding guarantees of political dialogue are delaying the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement, according to ethnic leaders who are currently meeting in Laiza. Political dialog, which is covered in chapter seven of the proposed nationwide ceasefire, is a key demand for ethnic groups and is discussed more in EPRP's political dialog resources. Ethnic leaders have described the inter-ethnic talks in Laiza as successful despite remaining differences. Follow up talks with the government are expected in August.

published 29 July, 2014

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