Monday, August 15th, 2016


Expectations for a major breakthrough at the upcoming 21st-century Panglong Conference are being scaled back, with one individual involved in the peace talks describing the event as merely “the grand opening ceremony” for the government’s efforts to end decades of civil war.

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After meeting with local farmers on Saturday, Arakan State Chief Minister Nyi Pu has ordered a halt to fencing around the perimeter of an industrial ward located outside Set Yoe Kya village near the state capital of Sittwe.

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The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) has called for a second meeting with State Counselor and chair of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center Aung San Suu Kyi to negotiate its terms for the peace process, especially regarding the joint implementation of a nationwide ceasefire pact.

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Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday called for reaching common consensus in seeking eternal peace in the country.

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MPS are demanding an explanation from the finance ministry as to how they will spend – and repay – a US$100 million World Bank loan after is emerged that $60 million of the proposed funding will be spent within the finance ministry itself.

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Soe Aung, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said that the government has earmarked 20 billion kyats for flood victims and over 17 billion kyat remains unspent.

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Days after Myanmar authorities claimed to have brought a measles outbreak that has killed dozens under control, another child has died of the illness, Anadolu Agency reported on 14 August.

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Burma’s peace process and the controversial Myitsone Dam will be on the agenda when Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s foreign affairs minister, visits China this week and meets with Chinese leaders, according to ministry spokesman Kyaw Zeya.

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A low-key visit to Burma last week by a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official revealed that Beijing still sees the country’s former dictator as a “political force” in the country’s affairs more than five years after his retirement.

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In a conference held in Los Angeles on Saturday by the Burmese American Muslims Association (BAMA), an international panel of speakers condemned the ongoing persecution of Burma’s Rohingya minority, placing it within the framework of genocide, and calling on the country’s current government to restore the marginalized group’s rights.

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A new sense of pragmatism on all sides bodes well for the visit of Aung San Suu Kyi—Burma’s state counselor and foreign affairs minister—to China later this week, says Bangkok-based expert on Asean affairs Kavi Chongkittavorn, in an interview with The Irrawaddy’s founding editor Aung Zaw.

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