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Burma army agrees to withdraw from Disputed Shan Territories

Government troops have agreed to retreat from some areas near the upper Salween River, during an emergency meeting with ethnic Shan rebels on Saturday. Full article here.

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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

Two major ethnic armed groups in Shan state—the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Mongla- based National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS)—have urged the Burmese military to stop offensives against ethnic rebel groups, actions which they say are detrimental to the peace process. The UWSA spokesperson continued, “Failure to reach a ceasefire agreement and engage in political dialogue will cause further delays in the peace process. Our ultimate hope is to see an end to the civil conflict which has been raging in Burma for over 60 years.”

Ref : DVB, Publish 8 Oct, 2014

Officials of the Myanmar government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) and leaders of armed ethnic groups claim the recent resumption of armed clashes are not harmful to the peace-making process but have negative impacts on the people. The engagements were based on problems between soldiers on both sides at the lowest level, without any intent to disturb the peace talks, according to participants in the ongoing peace talks being held at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon on October 2.

Ref : Mizzima, Publish 3 Oct, 2014

Representatives from the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC)—an assorted group of Karen MPs, civil society members and Karen armed groups—held a closed-door meeting with Burmese government officials on Saturday in Taungoo to discuss ways of bringing about unity and peace for the Karen people. The meeting was attended by: members of the KNU central committee including Mahn Nyein Maung; Karen ethnic affairs ministers from various administrative regions in Burma; members of the Karen People’s Party, including the party’s deputy chairman; and Karen ethnic MPs.

Ref : DVB, Publish 6 Oct, 2014

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