Confusion reigns as union peace process is geared to restart soon

True to her conviction and Aung San Suu Kyi determined to keep up with her self-drawn timeline, Union Peace Conference (UPC) will be held on 31st August, even though the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs), particularly the  United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), has requested that it need more time to iron out common positions with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signatory eight EAOs, on a variety of issues.

Learning to share About low hanging fruits

Day Three, Friday, 5 August 2016

When you take refuge with the elephant

You need to be afraid of the buffalo

When you take refuge with the civet

You need to be afraid of the otter

Learning to share: About low hanging fruits

Good speech makes no one feel bad

Bad speech makes no one feel good

(Shan proverb)

Today’s session begins with yesterday’s exercise results from 4 discussion groups. I have put them together here. (Some of which are my own input, as readers who have seen my earlier article, Scholar: Why Burma won’t allow Shan secession, 5 July 2016, will immediately recall.)

Learning to share: About low hanging fruits

From 3-6 August, I went to attend a marathon series of workshops and a brainstorming session. Firstly, on the merging of hither to hostile armed forces and then on the current peace process.

Burma Peace Process displays high expectations with low outcomes for the local community services: The Case of Local Gov’t discourse

The people of Burma regardless of race, gender, religion or social-economic status have been expecting an end to the internal war with increased health and well being in each village, town and city over the past 70 years. However, the next 100 days will be critical to the outcome of the new Myanmar Peace Conference. The armed ethnic leaders seek new legitimacy to the people of Burma, also known as Myanmar, after 70 years of unresolved peace processes and will be searching for a ‘common ground’ in the next 100 days government representatives, delegates from the military officials and political leaders meet in late August. The process is for peace but the action is to end the war.

Mai Ja Yang EAOs’ Plenary Meeting: Successful but need time to iron out common positions

The controversial and much talked about Ethnic Armed Organizations’ (EAOs) Plenary Meeting in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin Independence Organization’s (KIO) controlled town near Chinese border, took place from 26 to 30 July, extending a full day more than that was originally planned date of 29 July, due to the need to cover all the agendas previously agreed upon.

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