The country’s major ethnic armed organizations are actively fighting the regime and boycotted last month’s peace talks with the junta.
Janes’ Anthony Davis says Myanmar’s highly motivated PDFs have taken their resistance against an arrogant and ineffective Myanmar military into a crucial second phase.
Several armed groups that are currently fighting the regime snubbed Min Aung Hlaing’s earlier invite to talks.
Foreign govts and organizations have joined local groups in condemning the junta’s announcement that it will proceed with the executions of four anti-regime activists.
Veteran journalist Bertil Lintner talks to Irrawaddy editor-in-chief Aung Zaw about why Myanmar’s official peace process has been a non-starter from the outset.
Many ethnic armed organizations are boycotting the talks with the regime in the capital Naypyitaw.
The regime last month awarded titles to leaders of seven of the 10 groups planning to attend talks, prompting speculation it was looking to secure their participation.
With junta forces exhausted by fighting across the country, the regime wants a ceasefire with ethnic armed organizations to allow it to focus on resistance groups.
The powerful ethnic army said the planned talks lack a substantive agenda and exclude key players, seen as a reference to the shadow govt and People’s Defense Force.
Min Aung Hlaing’s offer of dialogue with ethnic armed organizations is a sign he knows the junta faces an uphill battle against the resistance movement.
Global aid donors such as the United Nations and the European Union appear to believe that it is business as usual in a Myanmar under military rule.
Representatives from China and powerful armed groups attended the funeral for Peng Jiasheng, who established a gambling and drugs hub along the Chinese border.
The national uprising unfolding against the military regime offers a unique window to support the emergence of a stable democracy in the country.
The UWSA is consolidating a new Wa state that will bring Chinese influence near Thailand and set a self-rule model for other ethnic rebels.
Eleven out of 18 of Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups attend the event, in an apparent attempt to preserve the ties.