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The Peace Process: Knowing what to say instead of “No”

The Peace Process: Knowing what to say instead of “No”

As the two sides prepare to meet today in Chiangmai, the big, big question is: Is there any possibility of reaching agreement — on a date and place for a new formal meeting if not on the issues?

 

The long and winding road to peace

The long and winding road to peace

One of the questions which never fails to come up when SHAN is on the road is that why the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) negotiators are taking such a long time.

Time to adopt a new approach to the One/Single Text procedure?

Time to adopt a new approach to the One/Single Text procedure?

The one text procedure, also known as single text procedure, worked most famously at Camp David in 1978 when Israel and Egypt signed the peace agreement mediated by US President Jimmy Carter. It was the result of a 13 day retreat of the three leaders who had gone through 23 drafts before deciding to ink their signatures.

Peace process: The journey of a thousand li

Peace process: The journey of a thousand li

One of the questions frequently asked by people is why the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) has taken so long to be finalized.

Since the first draft of the NCA was produced by the ethnic armed organizations (EAO)’s  Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and the government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) in April, over a 100 points in dispute have been resolved, according to the government, and now only 18 points remain to be negotiated.

There’s something in a name

There’s something in a name

Unlike many non-Burmans (or Bamars), many  of whom SHAN has discussed with agree with U Aung Thaung, the ruling party MP, who proposed that names of states, where non-Burmans are the majority and they used to be territories independent from Burma Proper until independence from the British, should be geographical like Irrawaddy, Mandalay, Magwe, and  so on. Not unlike Texas, California, and so on in the United States.

Peace Process: Lessons from Catalan referendum

Peace Process: Lessons from Catalan referendum

More than a week has passed after the Yes or No vote to Spain’s Catalonia region was taken on Sunday, 9 November.

The peace process: The iron is still hot

The peace process: The iron is still hot

This weekend he was in Kachin State visiting the state capital Myitkyina and IDP camps, which ended with a statement expressing “the United State’s deep concern about the increase in tension in Hpakant” jadeland.

GAD: The power behind the throne

GAD: The power behind the throne

Not much, according to the latest research study published by the Asia Foundation this month, Administering the State in Myanmar: An overview of the General Administration Department, a sequel to  its last year’s State and Region Governments in Myanmar.

War on Drugs: Should Burma be decertified?

War on Drugs: Should Burma be decertified?

Less than a month from now, Air Force One will be landing in Naypyitaw, carrying the leader of the world’s still most powerful country. One of the prepared reports from his host country is expected to be the government’s present drive against drug production and trafficking.

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