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Date set for return of sexpartite talks
Burma’s faltering sexpartite dialogue on constitutional reform between political leaders is set to resume on 10 April, lawmakers have been told. Full article here.
Ethnic Groups Consider Holding Ceasefire Conference in Wa Rebel Area
Burma’s ethnic armed groups are considering convening at the headquarters of the powerful United Wa State Army (UWSA) in northern Shan State to discuss the potential signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord, a UWSA representative said on Monday. Full article here
Burmese Army launches airstrike on Kachin base, rebel officer says
Shortly after a recess in what appeared to be positive peace negotiations in Rangoon, officials in Kachin State said the Burma Army launched an aerial attack on a rebel base along a frequent timber trade route near the border with China. Full article here.
Chin parties to unite against political ‘giants’
Nine of 10 Chin political parties have agreed to cooperate in this year’s election to improve their chances of winning seats – and to deprive “giant political parties” of victory. Full article here.
On Tuesday, representatives of the Burmese government and ethnic armed groups signed a draft ceasefire agreement, that will now be taken back to their respective leaderships for approval. But the initial excitement that painstaking years of negotiation have finally borne fruit has quickly given way to the realization that the paperwork is just the first in a long series of steps towards a distant peace. Full article here
This important new report from TNI brings together analysis of the peace process and of the broader political reform process in the context of planned elections for late 2015. It highlights many so far unanswered questions and concludes that "there is a risk that political reform and ethnic peace are faltering".
As Myanmar’s junta prepared to step down from government, the military set about seizing public assets and natural resources to ensure its economic control in a new era of democratic rule. Guns, Cronies and Crops details the collusion at the heart of operations carried out by Myanmar’s armed forces in northeastern Shan State. Large swathes of land were taken from farming communities in the mid-2000s and handed to companies and political associates to develop rubber plantations.
This publication - written in February 2015 - is a joint product of EPRP and MPSI (Myanmar Peace Support Initiative) to explain the roles and functions of the Ceasefire Liaison Offices.
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.
Myanmar’s government and a coalition of armed ethnic groups inked a tentative nationwide cease-fire agreement Tuesday ending six decades of conflict, with President Thein Sein suggesting a final deal could be signed as early as next month. The signing of a final deal will set the stage for talks to resolve political and military issues so the country can proceed with its democratic development. The signing ceremony took place on the final day of the seventh round of nationwide peace talks between the UPWC and the NCCT since the process began in 2013.
Ref: RFA, Publish 31, March 2015
The 7th round of ceasefire talks will take a pause and it will resume on March 30 because some points remain to be discussed. Chapter six of the ceasefire agreement, entitled “Interim period” needs to be discussed and some text of some points of chapters three and four will be amended, he said. The “Interim period” outlines how ethnic armed groups must behave after reaching the ceasefire agreement and during the period that political dialogue will be held. The ethnic armed groups would hold discussions and negotiations among themselves in preparation for March 30, the day the ceasefire talks will resume.
Ref: Mizzima, Publish 23 March, 2015
The fourth day of peace talks between Myanmar government negotiators and armed ethnic groups ended on a positive note Friday in the commercial capital Yangon, with the two sides reaching an agreement on troop deployment and the establishment of a joint monitoring committee.
Ref : RFA, Published 22 March, 2015
The nationwide ceasefire meeting was held at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on March 17 by the Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).
Both the UPWC and the NCCT make effort to get the ultimate agreement during the meeting yesterday, according to the representatives of the two groups.
Ref : Eleven Myanmar, Published 19 March, 2015
The representatives of Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Union Peacemaking Working Committee led by Chairman Dr Sai Mauk Kham recently held a meeting to prepare for the nationwide ceasefire talks scheduled to be held in Yangon on March 17.
Both sides expressed hope that the latest talks would lead to a permanent ceasefire agreement.
Ref : Eleven Myanmar, Published 18 March, 2015
At the morning-time meeting at the president‘s ranch, a three-point message was conveyed by the KIO, led by Maj-Gen Gun Maw.
“There are three key points in the KIO‘s message. First, the delegation is visiting Naypyidaw with a mandate in accordance with the KIO central committee‘s decision; second, the central committee has decided on principal to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and to negotiate its terms and conditions; and third, the delegation would like to pass a proposal signed by the KIO chairman Lanyaw Zawng Hra on behalf of the central committee”.
Ref : DVB, Published 17 March, 2015
Representatives from the Burmese government's Union Peace-Making Working Committee (UPWC) and their counterparts from the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will hold a seventh round of peace negotiations later this month, according to Pado Kywe Htu Win, an NCCT representative from the Karen National Union (KNU). “We had negotiations for the 7th round of meetings between the UPWC and the NCCT”, Pado Kwe Htoo said. According to him the meeting will likely be held sometime between 12 and 16 March. According to Hla Maung Shwe a senior official with the MPC the meetings will be held at the MPC office in Rangoon.
Ref : KNG, Publish 11 March, 2015