Negotiators on both sides of the peace process have insisted that trust and commitment remain strong, despite recent talks in Yangon failing to result in a finalised draft nationwide ceasefire and recent clashes between ethnic and Tatmadaw soldiers.
Journalists were not invited to cover a media conference bringing together members of the government, parliament, judiciary and media that was held over the weekend in Nay Pyi Taw, because organisers said they were concerned media coverage would stop participants from speaking openly.
Political leader have hit back at hints from President U Thein Sein that next year’s election may not go ahead unless a nationwide ceasefire agreement is signed, saying that any delays would represent a violation of the constitution.
Police last week stopped a Mandalay man from staging an hour-long protest against corruption in the judiciary outside the regional court in Chan Aye Thar San township, shifting it instead to another location and halving the time allowed to 30 minutes.
A collection of about 450 ancient finger-marked bricks has been discovered at Paw Taw Mu Sein Monastery in Yangon Region’s Kawhmu township – a find that one official said could pre-date the Pyu period.
The government has used its United Nations General Assembly address to press the case that progress on reforms initiated by President U Thein Sein mean the international community should cease its annual resolution on Myanmar’s human rights record and drop the country from its broader human rights agenda.