Wrangling over key military issues has long threatened to block a nationwide ceasefire agreement with Myanmar’s various ethnic groups, a key plank of the government’s reform program.
After six days of chipping away differences over the elusive nationwide ceasefire agreement draft, government and armed ethnic group negotiators yesterday decided to take a breather until the end of the month when they will seek to tie up remaining loose ends.
As volunteer searchers found the bodies of six more victims of the Aung Takon 3 ferry disaster over the weekend, the Amyotha Hluttaw agreed to set up a Union-level inquiry into the sinking.
Changes to the controversial national education law that has sparked student protests are to move to the upper house of parliament for debate, with MPs given until late today to register their participation.
Democratic Voice of Burma, or DVB, began in 1992 when exiles in Norway began transmitting news and information back home by radio and shortwave into Myanmar. DVB is now based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from which U Khin Maung Soe spoke to Myanmar Times senior reporter Nyan Lynn Aung.
In a frank and wide-ranging interview, Sai Aik Paung – chair of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (also known as Kyar-Phyu, or White Tiger) – talks to Myanmar Times reporter Lun Min Mang.