Conditions for peace talks set by Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing indicate problems ahead for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as she tries to convene a “21st-century Panglong” conference to include all ethnic armed groups.
Rumours that a member of a nationwide ceasefire signatory group has been arrested by the Tatmadaw have proved false, yet relations between the two sides are increasingly strained.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed close cooperation with the United Nations and other international agencies in Myanmar, while cautioning that the crisis in Rakhine State should be kept in perspective even if it does receive the most media attention.
A permit has been granted to protesters planning to hold a rally in Mandalay today against the use of the word “Rohingya”, according to the Mandalay Region police force which reached an agreement on the intended route through Myanmar’s second city.
When the new government came to office promising a 100-day plan, public expectations were raised. Today, nearly half-way through those 100 days, the public may finally find out what some of the ministries are actually planning to do. Perhaps.
Nearly 50 companies will suspend jade mining operations on May 15 because of ongoing fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army in Hpakant township. Excavators also said the difficulty of transportation during rainy season was a contributing factor in the temporary halt.
Students of the Yangon School of Political Science say the authorities have rejected their application for an interfaith march in downtown Yangon, but announced the planned walk will take place along a different route instead.
El Niño is weakening, but it hasn’t gone away, say weather experts. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced on May 5 that though sea temperatures were falling, indicating a reduction in the strength of the weather phenomenon, its impact would continue to be felt through June.