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Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the United States, the government said on Thursday, in what would be her first trip to America since she won an election in November.

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It is believed that the attendance by the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, at the 69th Martyrs’ Day memorial, the first such attendance by a serving army Commander-in-Chief in over 30 years, is a good omen for national reconciliation in the country.

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The international community roared approval when the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, swept to power in elections last year. Now, some 100 days after her government took office, pundits are becoming more critical.

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Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held landmark talks with senior rebel leaders on Sunday, as she strives to seal a ceasefire with a patchwork of ethnic minority militias that have battled the national army for decades.

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After only its second meeting, the new committee formed to address issues in Rakhine State has identified 142 priority areas.

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Aung Kyi, an information minister under the previous Thein Sein government, has been appointed head of a new three-member “think tank” adjoined to the government’s re-branded peace secretariat, which includes various peace process veterans from the previous government.

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As head of the Central Committee for Arakan State Peace, Stability and Development, Aung San Suu Kyi invited stakeholders to discuss on Thursday in Naypyidaw the challenges they face when implementing local development projects, according to a statement from the State Counselor’s Office.

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Concerns about equal rights for all the non-state armed groups during the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference in late August will be brought up when the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) meets with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 17 July in Rangoon.

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The NLD-led government formed an 11-member National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) Monday, led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, according to an announcement of the President’s Office published in state media.

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It’s not easy to govern a country emerging from a half-century of military rule, particularly with one hand tied behind your back. After sweeping Burma’s historic elections in 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), now faces daunting challenges. It needs to repeal or reform problematic laws, restructure military-dominated bureaucracies, and deal with violent strains of xenophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.

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Following decades of military rule, Burma elected its first civilian government, led by President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, in a landslide election in November. But everyone knows who is actually calling the shots in the country’s awkward political strucutre. It is Suu Kyi who is above the president.

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Burma’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with senior representatives of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Rangoon on 17 July, her government has announced.

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An official in Myanmar has been charged with defamation for referring to Aung San Suu Kyi with a slur parroted by the former junta she spent decades campaigning against, police said Tuesday.

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State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has instructed government bodies to include ethnic armed groups that did not sign last year’s nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in the upcoming Union Peace Conference.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will meet State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon in mid-July, according to a statement released on July 1 by UNFC’s Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN).

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First up, she went to Vientiane for meetings hosted by the Lao communist party. Now she has recently returned from Thailand, where that country’s military rulers offered their gilded hospitality to Southeast Asia’s best-recognised democracy activist.

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wants the forthcoming peace conference to be inclusive but that will depend on changes to the so-called Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and the attitude of the Tatmadaw.

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Representatives of the ethnic armed alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) have agreed with the Burmese government peace delegation to hold a meeting with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in mid-July.

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On the first day of her trip to Thailand last week, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Myanmar migrant workers at the seafood centre Mahachai, near Bangkok.

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi promised ethnic armed groups yesterday that her government has no hidden agenda for the peace process.

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