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HKUN HTUN OO: Tripartite dialogue the way to go not six-partite talks

HKUN HTUN OO: Tripartite dialogue the way to go not six-partite talks

With the intention, as many speculated, to show President Obama prior to his last month visit to Burma, that the peace process is not back-sliding but still kicking and alive, Thein Sein called a 14-member round table meeting aimed at easing the accusation of a stalled reform process. The latest Union Parliament passed proposal for a six-partite meeting about constitutional reform, which  would include President Thein Sein, speakers Shwe Mann and Khin Aung Myint, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and an ethnic representative still not yet named. However, it has not yet been accepted by parties proposed by the Parliament.

 

KACHIN CADET SCHOOL SHELLING: Trust-building at its lowest ebb

KACHIN CADET SCHOOL SHELLING: Trust-building at its lowest ebb

With the backdrop of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) cadet school shelling by the Burma Army, in Laiza, Nationawide Ceasefire Coordinating Team (NCCT) and Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) scheduled December meeting  in Thailand, to talk about the talks, on how to proceed with the stalled peace process, since they last met in September, won't be an easy task, with little or no trust left to go on with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) formulation.

Giving Peace a chance in Burma

Giving Peace a chance in Burma

According to French fabulist-poet Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695): A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.

Don’t you think it’s normal in everyone’s life? That the more you try to avoid someone, the likelier you will run into him/her? That the more you try to avert something from happening, chances are it will happen anyway?

Shan New Year heralds year of peace

Shan New Year heralds year of peace

Chinese astrologers have predicted that 2015 will be a year for peace and harmony, according to ethnic Chinese visitors to the all Shan State Shan New Year festival in Taunggyi, the state capital.

“2015 is the Year of the Goat or Sheep,” said a respectable source who asks anonymity. “It is the 8th sign of the zodiac. For Chinese, #8 is a lucky sign for all those born under the 12 signs. It is also a symbol for peace and harmony.”

Happy Shan New year!

Happy Shan New year!

Tomorrow, Saturday, 22 November 2014, also happens to be the First Day of the First Lunar Month Year 2109, of the Shans.

As Shans, let alone non-Shans, know very little about their own New Year, we are reproducing here excerpts from the paper written by Monthip Sirithaikhongchuen, Shan scholar who lives in Thailand, in 2008. Our sincere thanks to Shan Cultural Association (UK) for permission to reprint it-Editor

Stalling constitutional amendment to uphold “disciplined democracy”?

Stalling constitutional amendment to uphold “disciplined democracy”?

On the heels of military law makers rejection of  Articles 59(f) and Article 436, including many other provisions in the 2008, military-drafted Constitution, Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann told a press conference on 10 November that any changes or amendment of it will have to wait until after next year’s general elections.

Thai authorities demand monitoring of EAO meetings

Thai authorities demand monitoring of EAO meetings

Thai officials returning to Chiangmai from last week’s security meeting in Pisanulok, headquarters of the Third Regional Army that oversees security along the Thai-Burmese border, have said that meetings, seminars and workshops being planned by ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) in Thailand should be notified in advance to them.

Peace Process: Balancing optimism with pessimistic views

Peace Process: Balancing optimism with pessimistic views

SHAN has not met anyone who says he/she is either optimistic or pessimistic about the ongoing peace process in Burma. Everyone seems to think he/she is realistic. And they may be right.

Myanmar's reform miracle stalls

Euphoria that accompanied early post-junta accomplishments fades as leaders realise how great an uphill climb the country faces.

The East Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw last week was meant to be the country's crowning glory, and evidence that the government had successfully introduced political and economic reforms.

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