The upcoming parliament session will focus on the national education bill, bills to safeguard nationality and religion, as well as the constitutional amendment bill, announced Saw Hla Tun, secretary of the Joint Bill Committee of the Union parliament. Read full article .......
PANGHSANG, Wa Special Region — Three ethnic armed groups battling the Burma Army are threatening to reject a preliminary agreement on a nationwide ceasefire accord reached in March because the government refuses to recognize their political demands and continues to launch operations against them. Read full article .......
As an historic gathering of Burma’s major ethnic armed organisations entered its fourth day on Tuesday, reports emerged that the Kokang rebel MNDAA, along with the TNLA and Arakan Army (AA) were ready to renounce membership of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Bloc (NCCT), a negotiation team set up by ethnic bloc the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC). Read full article .......
President U Thein Sein declared yesterday that his government wanted to start a political dialogue with armed ethnic groups “as soon as possible” to leave a peace process in place for the next administration that will take office after parliamentary elections later this year. Read full article .......
Ethnic armed groups attending a three-day conference in Panghsan in Shan State over the weekend were unified in their demand that the 2008 constitution be amended, those in attendance report. Read full article .......
RANGOON — Burma’s President Thein Sein has said his government is “ready to finalize” a long-sought nationwide ceasefire agreement with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups, and is “waiting for the outcome from the ethnic summit” that is ongoing this week in eastern Shan State. Read full article .......
Zhao Guo-an, the United Wa State Army (UWSA)’s representative, yesterday warned the country’s military that pride and prejudice were in the way of peace. Read full article .......
The Burmese army carried out testing of air-to-ground missiles in territory belonging to the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) at the end of last month, according to the rebel militia. Read full article .......