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Shan News agency founder leaves for UK

Shan News agency founder leaves for UK

Khuensai Jaiyen, President and Founder of Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN) is leaving for London for a special talk on the ongoing peace process in Burma.

The presentation is to be held on 10 September 2014, 17:00-19:00 at the Khalili Lecture Theater, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. It is organized by the Center for South East Asian Studies.

 

The other side of the story: KNU and UNFC can still “make it up” with each other

The other side of the story: KNU and UNFC can still “make it up” with each other

A leader of a top member organization of the 12 party alliance United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) said yesterday the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will serve as a meeting point for the recently estranged Karen National Union (KNU) and the Alliance.

Japan and Norway proposed as ceasefire witnesses

Japan and Norway proposed as ceasefire witnesses

The week-long Laiza conference of the 18 armed organizations that concluded on 31 July had proposed Japan and Norway be invited as signatory witnesses to the planned nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) signing, according to sources returning from the Sino-Burmese border.

Academic: CSOs have roles to play other than joining national dialogue

Academic: CSOs have roles to play other than joining national dialogue

Dr Hannes Siebert, special advisor to the Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue, told Civil Society Forum for Peace in Rangoon Friday that not involving in the national dialogue does not necessarily mean the CSOs have no important roles to play.

MPC welcomes Laiza statement

MPC welcomes Laiza statement

U Hla Maung Shwe, special advisor to the Myanmar Peace Center, a quasi-governmental organization established in 2012, has welcomed the statement issued by the week-long Laiza summit held by 18 armed movements yesterday.

Wa on Laiza, Kokang and drugs

Wa on Laiza, Kokang and drugs

The following are excerpts from SHAN interview of United Wa State Army (UWSA) spokesman U Aung Myint aka Li Julie:

On Laiza summit

The invitation reached us only 2 days before the meeting. One other problem is previously we were able to ask for the draft that would be discussed. Now that we have yet to receive it and, even if we have, we need time to translate and explain to our leaders. All the same, we support the meeting in Laiza and hope that it will be a further step toward peace.

Big fish gets away in Burma’s biggest drug bust of the year

Big fish gets away in Burma’s biggest drug bust of the year

Burmese authorities in Tachileik yesterday seized a Vigo Toyota hauling an estimated $ 2.2 billion worth of heroin blocks together with two suspects, but the man believed to be the real culprit went sit free, said a military source this morning.

SSA leader urges Shan parties to postpone 8/14 states call for unity’s sake

SSA leader urges Shan parties to postpone 8/14 states call for unity’s sake

Lt-Gen Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS), has appealed to the two leading Shan parties: Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) and Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) to defer their separate calls for 8 states (SNLD) and 14 states (SNDP) for the sake of unity.

“If our common demand is the implementation of Panglong Agreement and Federalism, that should be sufficient for our unity,” he told the 6- member fact finding commission appointed by the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) on 3 May.

The commission (4 male, 2 female) wound up its mission that began on 7 June on 16 July with the meeting with the RCSS/SSA leadership at its Loi Taileng main base between Thailand’s Maehongson and Shan State’s Mongpan township.

Its mission was to find out how the CSSU, formed October 2013 by 2 Shan political parties, 2 Shan armies and 9 Shan civil society organizations (CSOs), could be further strengthened and expanded.

The SNLD’s 8 states stand: Burma Proper as a single unit together with 7 non-Burman units (Arakan, Chin, Kachin, Karen,Karenni, Mon and Shan) and the SNDP’s 14 states stand: 7 Burman/mixed regions with 7 non-Burman states have for years served as an immovable stumbling block between the two.

Academics including the much respected late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004) have suggested that the number of states is of less importance than whether the country is federal or not, but so far they have failed to hit home.

To aggravate things, some non-Shans are demanding separate statehoods, most particularly the Wa on the Sino-Burma border led by the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

“Nevertheless, the positive outcome of the 40-day mission has been the agreement by all groups concerned to promote and preserve unity, and most importantly, to speak with the same voice.” said Peun Kham, 65, leader of the fact finding commission, who is much respected among the Shan circle especially in Shan State East.

The commission is to resume its fact-finding mission before the first anniversary of the CSSU.

According to Harn Yawnghwe, Executive Director of Euro-Burma Office (EBO) that has been assisting the development of democracy and federalism in Burma, common stand should be reached on the questions of 8/14 states and the separate statehood call by Wa before Shan unity could be cemented and expanded to include non-Shans.

The quest for unity has become more and more challenging as the 2015 general elections remain only a year away. Critics have pointed out that without unity and basic understanding between the SNDP and SNLD, election victory in Shan State will be in the hands of either the National League for Democracy (NCD) or the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

SSA South to join third ethnic summit

SSA South to join third ethnic summit

The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS) will be represented by a delegation headed by Lt-Col Sai Ngeun, chief aide to Lt-Gen Yawd Serk, the leader of the SSA-South, as the RCSS/SSA is commonly known, at the upcoming Third Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAO) conference in Laiza, Kachin State, according to SSA sources.

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