Since the military seized power on Feb. 1, dormant insurgencies have been reactivated, long-simmering wars freshly stoked and a new breed of urban resistance unleashed.
Young civilian resistance fighters say ceasefire announced without their agreement.
Increasing numbers of Kayah civilians are in hiding as the military steps up attempts to seize the strategic Demoso Township.
Ousted State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court for the first time since the coup; four civilians were killed when junta troops shelled a church in Kayah.
The coup has been a disaster, but new bonds being formed could present an opportunity for ethnic reconciliation.
The National League for Democracy says it wants to hear the voices and concerns of ethnic parties but has been inflexible on where to open their talks.
During talks in Taunggyi, the SNLD asked the ruling party to give its members positions of responsibility, and offered to mediate with other ethnic parties.
Avoiding the venue disputes that have led to the cancellation of talks with parties in other states, the NLD delegation also plans to meet a fourth party on Friday.
This week the National League for Democracy scored a landslide election win and reached out to ethnic parties in a spirit of cooperation while the Union Solidarity and Development Party
In an unprecedented move, the NLD has followed its landslide victory with an overture for cooperation with ethnic political parties in the future.
The Kayah State Democratic Party fell short of its goal of winning a majority in Sunday’s election, but won eight races and took some seats away from the ruling NLD.
In Kayah State, an alliance between ethnic parties and dissatisfaction with the NLD’s record over the past five years could hurt the ruling camp in the election.