Negotiations toward reaching a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Burma saw setbacks last month, as the nation’s ethnic negotiating bloc was reconstituted with what is viewed as a more critical constitution. The Ethnic Armed Groups Senior Delegation, which replaced the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) as a central party to the talks, has since met several times with the government to get the peace process back on track, and talks will resume in Rangoon next week.

Ethnic group leaders have agreed to hold a conference of armed ethnic groups following the agreement of a draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:00

Thein Sein meets with KIO in Naypyidaw

Burma’s President Thein Sein met with leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Naypyidaw on Monday. 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, according to Hla Maung Shwe of the Myanmar Peace Centre.

Leaders of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) said they will observe a nationwide ceasefire meeting between the Burmese government and an alliance of ethnic armed groups on March 16, while there are tentative plans for a bilateral meeting between the KIA and the government.

Friday, 19 December 2014 22:19

Peace talks to resume amid fighting, tension

Peace talks between the government and ethnic leaders will resume this week despite escalating clashes in southern Shan State, sources in a peace facilitation group say.

A representative of an alliance of ethnic armed groups said they have agreed to hold a high-level meeting in Rangoon with Minister Aung Min next week in an effort to resume Burma’s stalled nationwide ceasefire process.

The success of Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire depends on the government’s response to the Myanmar Army’s shelling of a military academy in Laiza, as well as other contentious issues raised in previous talks, said Naing Han Tha, the leader of Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 07:00

KIO

The KIO’s armed wing the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is the second largest ethnic armed group in Myanmar. The KIO claims to have 10,000 troops with another 10,000 reservists in the civilian population ready to fight.