As in previous meetings, the Wa invite to Panghsang mainly ethnic armed groups that are non-signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement.
The groups address the conflict surrounding Burma Army troops’ seizure of two small NMSP bases and the raiding of its liaison office.
Representatives from the two groups release a statement pledging ‘collaboration to achieve peace; by seeking the best and necessary approaches.’
Around 100 police gather at Myitkyina’s Manaw Park after government rejects a request by the Kachin National Consultative Assembly to use Majoi Hall.
Since a national level political dialogue led by the KIA could not be held without signing the NCA, the idea for the conference was born.
The family members release a five-point statement on the 70th Union Day anniversary in Panglong town, Shan State.
KNU Chairman Saw Mutu Say Poe believed to be invited by Chinese authorities to discuss China’s role in Burma’s peace process.
Although a mandatory step of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, the Chin National Front had previously been told not to hold the dialogue by the govt.
‘My request to our ethnic armed groups who have not signed the NCA: Sign the text now, and join the 21st Century Panglong,’ says Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Ethnic groups say they cannot accept glorification of Burma’s independence hero while his promises of peace and federalism remain unfulfilled.
As long as Burma tries to bury its past, a future in which individuals can live peacefully without fear is impossible.
The event at the Restoration Council of Shan State’s headquarters reflected the organization’s legal standing and promoted Burma’s peace process.
The second round of peace talks begins on Feb. 28 in Naypyidaw and will include 700 participants, according to the framework for political dialogue
Brig-Gen Tun Myat Naing speaks about the conflict between the Burma Army and the Northern Alliance, and China’s role in the peace process.
Ethnic nationality delegates say China could put pressure on the government and army to deescalate armed conflict in Burma.