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Resume fighting between Burma Army and Shan State Army-North affects six villages

Resume fighting between Burma Army and Shan State Army-North affects six villages

CHIANG MAI. Resumed fighting from July 20 till July 21, 2014 between Burma Army Battalion 248 and Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) Brigade 72 in Kehsi township, southern Shan State, has displaced people from six villages.

 

NCCT to meet and finalize presentation for Laiza summit

NCCT to meet and finalize presentation for Laiza summit

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), set up by 16 armed movements in November, is due to meet today in Chiang Mai to finalize its review to the Third Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAO) conference to be held at the Kachin stronghold Laiza, 24-26 July, according to sources.

Peace Process: Both sides ready to make “further compromise”

Peace Process: Both sides ready to make “further compromise”

Despite statements from the government-established Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) and the armed resistance movements’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) that there won’t be any Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signing on 1 August as planned earlier, both sides appear to be ready to offer more concessions during the next meeting, according to sources from the border and Rangoon.

The Peace Process: Knowing the rules

The Peace Process: Knowing the rules

In one of the Dirty Harry movie series, Clint Eastwood who plays him, tells Liam Neeson: “You want to play the game, love, you better know the rules.”

I learned a lot yesterday when I was invited to talk about the Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue that I had helped set up 11- months ago. I also have the honor of becoming its managing director, because nobody else wanted it.

Over 100 villagers flee Burma Army abuses amid mounting tension in central Shan State

Over 100 villagers flee Burma Army abuses amid mounting tension in central Shan State

CHIANG MAI. Over one hundred villagers fled to Wan Wap Temple, Kehsi Township on July 6, 2014, due to mounting tension between the Burma Army and Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA).

Shan youth to climb mountain to oppose drugs

Shan youth to climb mountain to oppose drugs

CHIANG MAI. Over 200 Shan youth will climb up Loi Khur mountain in Hsipaw township northern Shan State, on July 7, 2014, to persuade youth to be involved insocial activities and environmental protection, and to oppose drugs.

Nobody fits the president’s seat other than “my boss”, says minister

Nobody fits the president’s seat other than “my boss”, says minister

One cannot accuse U Aung Min, who is representing President Thein Sein in most of the negotiations with the armed resistance movements of course, for ‘praising the merits of one’s own sour fish’, as the famous Burmese saying goes, but it was interesting to listen to how he put it when he said no one else appeared to him to be able to fit into the role of the president like “my boss”.

SSA-North loses Mongsu camp to Burma Army

SSA-North loses Mongsu camp to Burma Army

CHIANG MAI- June 19. After heavy attacks by the Burma Army, the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) has lost its camp at Red Ruby Mountain in Mongsu, southern Shan State.

An SSA-N commander at the frontline said: “The Burma Army started attacking us at Ruby Mountain in Mongsu on June 11, 2014. They (Burma Army) fired at us with heavy shells for two days, so local people were affected by the fierce battle. On the order of our headquarters, we withdrew from the camp.”

"One country, one federal armed forces" practical in Burma

So said two former members of the United States Army officers visiting Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace and Dialogue (PI) last month, based on the American experience.

One of the 7 member Joint Chiefs of Staff that advise the President (Commander in Chief) and the Secretary of Defense (Deputy Commander in Chief) is the chief of the Bureau of state defense forces known as "National Guard". "Should be not confused with the so-called State Defense Forces which are paying for themselves, with no ranks and members can quit at anytime, something like Burma's People's Militia Forces (PMFs)," said a visitor.

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