Inside Burma


The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) continued its second-day meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday with discussions on approved agendas for the Union Peace Conference (UPC) –21st Century Panglong, formation of a joint committee for holding the UPC, and matters related to the number of participants to the conference, state media reported on 17 August.

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Outcomes of the recent meeting on reviewing the framework for political dialogue in Rangoon were submitted to the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPJC) in capital Naypyidaw yesterday.

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In response to the 8 signatory ethnic armed organization (EAO)s’ formal request on 11 August, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will soon be calling the long-neglected Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) into session, according to reports form Naypyitaw yesterday.

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Plans are underway to form a new commission to resolve the communal and humanitarian crisis in Arakan State, which will include Muslim and Buddhist Arakanese representatives—but from Rangoon rather than Arakan State.

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The Kamayut Township police have brought charges against seven Burmese nationalists on Tuesday who, in April, protested outside the US Embassy in Rangoon against the American mission’s use of the word “Rohingya.” A trial is scheduled for August 30.

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The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) has approved a principle of all-inclusion at the Union Peace Conference, slated for later this month, during a two-day meeting in Naypyidaw.

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No decisions will be made at the 21st Century Panglong conference, negotiators said on Monday, after they conceded that there was not enough time to make the necessary changes to the political dialogue framework.

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For as long as Daw Aye Tun can remember, her family has owned the 40-hectare (100-acre) tea plantation that hugs the side of a mountain near Loi Koan village, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Kyaukme in northern Shan State. The plantation has supported the family during decades of intermittent fighting. Recently, the area has seen an upsurge in conflict; since late last year, clashes have broken out between the ethnic Palaung Ta’ang National Liberation Army, the Shan State Army-North, the Shan State Army-South and the Tatmadaw.

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Mon nationalists will gather ahead of the 21st-century Panglong Conference late this month in a bid to shore up ethnic solidarity among civil society organisations, the armed group and the political parties that champion the minority’s interests.

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The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is still waiting for State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to reply to its formal request to join the Union Peace Conference (also called 21st Century Panglong Conference).

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Floods caused by monsoon rains have killed at least eight people and disrupted the lives of 400,000 across Burma, the government said, a year since the worst floods in decades left thousands homeless and inundated vast tracts of farmland.

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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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Two powerful ethnic armed groups along the China-Myanmar border have confirmed that they will attend the 21st-century Panglong Conference, scheduled to start on August 31, while three other important armies remain less sure, as the conditional wording for their participation remains a sticking point.

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Ethnic Ta’ang community leaders are demanding justice and human rights for five Namhsan township villagers detained by the military on August 1.

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What has the Yangon Region government achieved in its 100-day initiative? There are three major areas in which its accomplishments can be measured against its promises: tackling the squatter problem, reining in high-rise buildings and abolishing Ma Ba Tha.

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On the occasion of Karen Martyrs’ Day on Friday, the chairman of the Karen National Union (KNU)—whose military wing is Burma’s longest running ethnic armed organization—reminded the group that military preparations must still be carried out amid ongoing political negotiations.

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Three of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups have refused to agree to lay down their arms in order to participate in the government’s Panglong Peace Conference at the end of the month, a leader from one of the armies said.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has announced that some 700 participants will attend the upcoming peace talks on 31 August, monikered the 21st Century Panglong Conference, or 21CPC.

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Pegu Division has become the latest region hit by flooding in Burma, with more than 50,000 people affected, according to the office of the divisional government.

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