Monday, August 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

UN chief calls interfaith meeting on sidelines of peace conference

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited religious leaders to an interfaith meeting in Nay Pyi Taw later this week.

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KIO acknowledges participation in Panglong Conference

The Kachin Independence Organisation has agreed to participate in the 21st-century Panglong Conference which convenes in Nay Pyi Taw on August 31, according to a statement released by the group on August 27.

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Security questions linger ahead of peace summit

With less than one week to go until ethnic armed groups from around the country descend on the capital for the 21st-century Panglong Conference, Nay Pyi Taw police say they intend to request that attendees not bring weapons with them.

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Fighting intensifies in Kachin as peace conference approaches

Intense fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) continues with just one week before the start of the 21st-century Panglong Conference, to be held from August 31 to September 4 in Nay Pyi Taw with the hopes of fostering peace between the country’s armed ethnic groups.

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China offers to help Myanmar with water management

China has extended an offer to assist Myanmar with a large-scale project to prevent natural disasters, says the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

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UN chief to attend 21st-century Panglong Conference

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend the opening ceremony of the 21st-century Panglong Conference on August 31, according to U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President’s Office.

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Framework review hung up on representation, decision-making

Two hurdles bedevilled a final consensus at the second-day meeting to review the framework for political dialogue – a core instrument for upcoming peace negotiations – involving representatives from the government, ethnic armed organisations and political parties.

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U Thein Sein puts on brave face at USDP convention

The Union Solidarity and Development Party convention opened yesterday with its leader, former president U Thein Sein, confirming that the central executive committee will be reshuffled, while major changes to his party’s platform are not on the agenda.

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Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves debt management strategy

MPs have approved a strategy for managing the country’s US$9 billion in foreign debt. The plan, which the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved on August 19 after a brief debate, is based on the Medium-term Debt Management Strategy proposed by the President’s Office.

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USDP looks to rebound from 2015 election drubbing

Humbled at the ballot box more than nine months ago, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party convenes its convention today with senior members promising both big changes and more of the same as the party eyes a 2020 comeback.

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