Analysts said the junta is using the so-called peace dialogue to buy time and try and persuade ethnic armed organizations not to supply weapons to resistance forces.
The Shan State Army-North and Shan State Army-South are in a long-running battle for control of territory in northern and central Shan State.
Min Aung Hlaing and Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State, are two strongmen locked in a dysfunctional relationship.
The AA abducted the senior member of the rival Arakan Liberation Party two months after he attended peace talks staged by the military regime in June.
Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government said the military regime has no mandate to negotiate or govern the country.
Mon people attacked the New Mon State Party for speaking to the junta chief, saying that party leaders were only serving their own interests.
Many ethnic armed organizations are boycotting the talks with the regime in the capital Naypyitaw.
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.
It is time to evaluate the organizations that tried and failed to build peace in Myanmar between 2016 and 2021.
Uncertainty over regime’s plan to hold preliminary peace talks at the 75th Union Day celebrations with many ethnic armed organizations uninvited or declining to attend.
The Chin National Front talks to The Irrawaddy about how Indian rebel militias are fighting for the Myanmar military in Chin State and Sagaing Region.
Myanmar’s junta this month marked six years since the National Ceasefire Agreement was signed and there is confusion about whether the KNU’s chief sent his greetings.
Any future peace process must be genuinely inclusive and not repeat the mistakes made by both military and civilian governments of the past.
A regime-controlled newspaper claims that ethnic armed groups are taking advantage of political turmoil caused by the coup to further their own military goals.