The department for hom eaffairs is forming legislation to allow its border police force to tackle issues along the Bangladesh border in northern Rakhine, with officials confirming local militias have received firearms training.
A senior United Nations official says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) should be allowed to resume work in Rakhine State without hindrance, as she warned that health conditions in Rakhine State IDP camps have become “deplorable”.
Ethnic leaders were locked in talks over the weekend aimed at resolving disagreements over a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement, and pave the way for the signing of the accord and the start of political dialogue.
Political parties say a new directive issued by the Union Election Commission that will place tight restrictions on campaigning means next year’s election is unlikely to be free or fair, as tension grows between opposition forces and the military-backed establishment over the country’s political future.
Israeli officials in Yangon have criticised The Myanmar Times for publishing an article about the fighting in Gaza, describing it as unbalanced and providing a skewed version of events.