The much-heralded Union Peace Conference is finally here and delegates from across Myanmar and the world are gathering in Nay Pyi Taw for an event that recalls the negotiations of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s beloved father with ethnic minority leaders almost seven decades ago.
Former parliamentary Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann revealed yesterday that he is keeping a sharp eye on how the government handles the peace process and the ongoing inter-communal troubles in Rakhine State, and said he will not hesitate to release a torrent of criticism if he deems that those efforts have deviated from benefitting the country’s citizens.
Fresh fighting, protests against civilian casualties and a parliamentary spat over federalism have clouded the government’s major peace campaign kicking off in Nay Pyi Taw today, with some warning the renewed offensives could thwart progress.
The five-day Panglong Conference kicks off tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw. The event is the National League for Democracy’s inaugural bid at national reconciliation – a point it has called a priority since taking office in April – and both hopes and tensions are running high in the lead-up.
The United Nationalities Federal Council – an alliance of seven ethnic armed groups that did not sign last year’s nationwide ceasefire agreement – will not be allowed deliver opening remarks at the Panglong Conference which starts tomorrow in Nay Pyi Taw, the government has announced.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited religious leaders to an interfaith meeting in Nay Pyi Taw later this week.
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.
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.
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.