ANOTHER HURDLE: Last obstacle before next nationwide peace negotiation begins

After the positively hailed opening of the Union Peace Conference (UPC), also dubbed  21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC), from 31 August to 3 September, the continued onus to hold an all-inclusive nationwide peace process within six months is again faced with another hurdle, as the joint committee member for convening 21CPC Khin Zaw Oo, on the closing day of the conference told the journalists, that in order to participate in national level political dialogue, which is due to be started as soon as possible reportedly within a month, the non-signatory Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) would have to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) first.

DEMAND OF NEW NATIONAL STATES: A challenge that is unavoidable

One controversial and visible challenge coming out of the recently finished 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC) is the demand for the status of new national state and this has created a big headache for the power-holders of Nay Pyi Taw and as well, for the Shan – the majority non-Bamar ethnic population who called themselves “Tai” – political and armed groups, on how to handle and tackle this delicate and sensitive issue.

AFTERMATH OF 21ST CENTURY PANGLONG: Positive symbolism throws the door of earnest negotiations wide open

The Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong (UPC-21CP), held from 31 August to 3 September, was supposed to be Aung San Suu Kyi’s deliberation of her major policy realization to end the decades-long ethnic conflict, based on all-inclusiveness and level playing field that would be able to lift Burma out of it  woes and to recalibrate back to normalcy and eventual development of the country. A condition and an atmosphere, without which would be impossible to make it happen.

Fixing the Broken Union of Burma; the armed ethnic leaders’ last step to political legitimacy and the case of constitutional power for the ethnic states in the modern era

Preamble: We, the people of Burma, including the frontier areas and the Karenni states, are determined to establish in strength and unity a sovereign independent state, to maintain social order on the basis of the eternal principles of justice, liberty and equality and to guarantee and secure to all citizens justice social, economic and political; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith, worship, vocation, association and action; equality of status, of opportunity and before the law, in our constituent assembly this tenth day of Thadingyut waxing, 1309 b.e. (twenty-fourth day of September, 1947 a.d.), do hereby adopt, enact and give to ourselves this constitution. (Ref: Constitution of Burma, 1947)

Burma Peace: Let the truth be told!

The UNFC has announced that it will attend the upcoming Burma peace conference. I have previously presented reasons for boycotting the conference, but there is a good argument for going as well. If the ethnic armed organizations are bold, they can use their attendance to further their objectives, meaning for real peace, democracy and federalism.

*In Fear of Being Forgotten

Despite the recent change of government, displaced Karen people hold little hope for justice while Myanmar’s military maintains its presence in ethnic lands.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s China visit generates optimism with mixed results

As Aung San Suu Kyi’s first visit, outside of the ASEAN countries, her call on China is an important undertaking in shaping, reiterating and confirming Burma’s – also known as Myanmar – neutral stance, while reflecting and weighing the pro and contra of a pending and some gearing-up, future economic projects together with China and at the same time, soliciting China’s help in resolving the ethnic armed conflict along the two countries’ border.

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