RCSS to refrain from signing any agreements at 21st-Century Panglong Conference

Amid much speculation about what can be achieved at the second round of the Union Peace Conference, scheduled to start on May 24, even the ceasefire signatory groups seem baffled. The Restoration Council of Shan State announced that while it will attend the meeting, it will neither submit nor sign any binding proposals or agreements.

Ye Township Offshore Supply Base construction temporarily suspended

Construction on an offshore supply base meant to support the growing oil and natural gas industry in Myanmar (Burma) has been suspended, following protests from residents. The base was being built near Yawthit Village in Mon State’s Ye Township, according to U Thiha Soe, supervisor of the Ramanya United Company.

Residents protest Chinese oil tankers in Kyaukphyu

About 600 residents of the deep-water port town of Kyaukphyu in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Monday protested against Chinese oil tankers moving into the area, as the operation of a long-delayed and controversial U.S. $1.5-billion pipeline gets under way, RFA reported on 22 May.

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