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  • Rebel peace roadmap presented to the president

    The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), the alliance of 11 armed movements, presented its alternative 6 point peace roadmap yesterday to President Thein Sein, who is on a visit to the United States, according to the UNFC delegation in New York. ...
  • State MP demands cut from oil-gas pipeline returns

    Nang Kham Aye, regarded as one of the boldest woman MPs, has called for a 5% cut from the proceeds of the ongoing Sino-Burmese oil-gas pipeline project under construction for Shan State. “Local people, in whose land the pipelines are passing through, a...
  • Nationalism may ‘run counter’ to AEC

    Unabated nationalism, tinged with xenophobic outlooks, may be running counter to the successful establishment of the ambitious Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, barely 3 years from now, said participants at a seminar held in Chiangmai yesterday. ...
  • Minister Without Borders: Costs for peace paid from own pocket

    Almost a year after he plunged into the peace process, doing his shuttle diplomacy between ethnic rebel movements on the border and Naypyitaw, U Aung Min, the newly appointed President’s Office Minister # 4 or “Minister Without Borders” as he likes ...
  • Alternative peace roadmap

    Alternative peace roadmap approved by Ethnic Nationalities Conference(14-16 September 2012) Unofficial translation To hold a forum participated by ethnic armed movements, political parties and civil society organizations (CSOs) including women and you...
  • Shan troops released by Wa

    After more than six weeks under custody, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) released the 20 Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ fighters, according to Shan and Thai sources. Their freedom was reportedly preceded by a letter from Lt-Gen Yawdserk, Chairman of t...
  • What the ethnic conference wanted

    Why did they hold the ethnic nationalities conference, 14-16 September? The following excerpts from the first day’s speeches and presentations delivered by the participants, as SHAN heard, will provide some, if not all, the answers. ...
  • Correction of misunderstanding saves the day for ethnic conference

    Nagging suspicions cast against Norway and the Burmese government pulling strings behind the 3 day Ethnic Nationalities Conference almost wrecked the day for the 150 participants and observers attending it in Chiangmai yesterday, saved at the last minute ...
  • Elected Shan leader begins US trip today

    Hkun Htun Oo, leader of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) that had won the most seats in Shan State in the 1990 elections, is leaving for Washington D.C. this evening, according to SNLD sources. ...
  • From Russia with love – missiles

    The government may be serious about making peace with the non-Burman rebels, but the Army is negotiating with Russia for the purchase of unidentified missiles, according to a source close to the diplomatic circle. ...
  • To home, defense, ceasefire groups are still “unlawful organizations”

    Asked why some of the civilians who have been working with the Shan State Army (SSA) “North” are being charged under Section 17-1, for associating with unlawful organizations, a friendly defense ministry official replied that to the home ministry and ...
  • Ceasefire only “with government, not with army”

    Following the latest clashes last week, many Shan State Army (SSA) commanders appear to have given up trying to reason with Naypyitaw to honor the ceasefire agreements signed more than 7 months earlier. “Before the ceasefire agreement was signed, we on...
  • Reshuffles in the military, war goes on

    Not only the government, but the military has been busy shuffling its commanders since the beginning of September, according to a source close to the War Office on Friday. At least 5 regional commanders and a number of Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) ...
  • Latest ceasefire group slams news on state media

    Some top members of the PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO) that concluded a ceasefire agreement on 25 August at the Shan State capital Taunggyi have expressed disappointment with the news report that appeared on the Myanmar Alin daily two days la...
  • Shan army releases Burmese officer

    The Shan State Army (SSA) North ordered two Burma Army men, one a captain, after it was informed civilians taken by the Burma Army would be freed in return, said a senior SSA official yesterday. The officer, who asked anonymity, identified the Burma Army...
  • No changes in the countryside

    Continued influx of rural people from southern Shan State, more than half a year after ceasefire agreements were signed proves that the much vaunted reforms are only in urban areas but not in the countryside, according to aid workers on the border. ...
  • Tightened Chinese border owes to planned party congress

    Thanks to the meet-every-5-year congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that will be held two months from now, Chinese authorities have increased security measures along its borders with its neighbors, including that with Burma, according to Chines...
  • Yilai: Another lieutenant of Naw Kham

    One of the three prime suspects who are going on trial in China for the 5 October killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Golden Triangle is Yilai or Yin Lang as the Chinese pronounce his name. According to the former Mong Tai Army (MTA) fighters of the lat...
  • Wa commander removed to minor position

    A United Wa State Army (UWSA) officer who shot to prominence during the last two years was suddenly transferred to a lower position earlier this month, according to confirmed reports from the Sino-Burmese border. ...
  • Two famous / notorious Shans removed from blacklist but one’s dead

    According to the list of de-blacklisted foreigners and exiles that was published yesterday, two prominent Shan exiles Tiger Yawnghwe and his younger brother the late Dr Chao Tzang Yawnghwe are now safe to travel back to their home country. ...

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