Move reverses longstanding policy of only talking to the four EAOs separately
The talks aim to pave the way for formal talks in Naypyitaw, but the extent to which the groups can push forward in negotiating their demands remains to be seen.
Since the Insein Battle of 1949, Myanmar has been a battleground for scores of ethnic armed groups each carrying out their own resistance mission and fight for greater autonomy.
Shan armed group asks residents of Namtu Township to pay 25,000 kyats per household
Second petition this month urges SSPP, RCSS to end armed territorial dispute in Hsipaw Township
Meanwhile, KIO says it is not bound by Tatmadaw’s four-month truce
It accuses armed groups of using Tatmadaw’s unilateral truce to attack each other and gov’t troops, instead of negotiating
Sun Guoxiang meets leaders of AA, KIA, other non-NCA groups in Laiza, tells them Beijing seeks border stability
Under current system, Arakanese live in poverty despite Rakhine State’s wealth of resources, he says
Lawmakers, activists and ethnic representatives hope for progress in 2019, but the events of recent years temper their expectations with caution
The SSPP's vice chairman says his group wants to settle its fight with the RCSS in Shan State peacefully and that the military's four-month ceasefire is not likely to achieve much.
"Now there's formally been an acknowledgement that there is indeed the problem. But the discussion is, what do you do next?" said Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan of Landmine Monitor.
The KNPP says misunderstandings of a 2012 two-way agreement, stipulating the movement of troops among other terms, need to be dealt with in order to move closer to signing the NCA.
After a short hiatus over fears the NCA has drifted from its original purpose, the KNU said it will return to the negotiation table provided implementation is “just and right.”
The meetings are part of a series of informal discussions being held this weekend in an effort to move the struggling peace process forward.