|Col Khun Okkar (C) talks to media at the end of the first day of an Ethnic Armed Organizations Conference in Laiza, Kachin State, Myanmar, October 30, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
President U Thein Sein’s call for a ceasefire deal on Union Day may not come to fruition but the chairman of the coalition of ethnic armed groups hopes a top-level meeting on that day could lead to the inking of a peace deal in March.
|With peace yet to come to Kachin State, many Kachin people feel it is not a time to celebrate. Kachin Independence Army patrol in Laiza, Kachin State on August 3, 2014. Photo: Min Min/Mizzima|
Residents of Kachin State, citing ongoing fighting and lack of peace, have called on their state government to cancel the traditional Manaw dance celebration.
President U Thein Sein’s message on the 59th anniversary of the founding of Kayin State claims the cooperation of all ethnic groups on equal terms is of utmost importance for nation building, yet some Kayah, Kayin and Shan representatives say they bitterly suffer inequality.
An alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans for four Karen armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces or KAF banner, according to a statement released October 19 and reported by Kachin News Group.
Input from Chin nationals from across Myanmar will be canvassed to update the Chin Special Division Act of 1948, according to Salai Cei Beik Thong, programme director of the Orchid Foundation.