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Peace Process Must Be Irreversible

It is promising news that President Thein Sein established a State-level peace implementation committee to pursue peace-building in the country. The committee’s formation acknowledges the desire of ethnic nationality leaders and their organizations to arrange a dialogue through political means.

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Win-Win Solution for the government and ethnic armed groups

Amidst recent political developments in Burma, people living in border areas and ethnic regions are hoping that these will lead to genuine peace with in Burma. Similarly, the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees living on the Thailand-Burma and China-Burma borders are eagerly waiting to safely …

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Past Experiences and New Directions for Peace Dialogue

Almost all ethnic armed groups, including the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the New Mon State Party (NMSP), the Shan State Army (North), and several others, have experience dealing in ceasefires with the Burmese military regime, but not with ceasefires as final solutions for peace. The ceasefire

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Ethnic groups must be cautious of USDP government’s new ‘divide and rule’ policies

The new government in Burma (Myanmar) led by President Thein Sein is very similar to former Lt. Gen. Thein Sein’s government, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The union and all state/division governments are controlled by the majority-winning party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), and could be …

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Ethnic Unity’ by Different Means

Quite similarly to the previous regime, the current government led by regime has just claimed to build up ‘unity among the ethnic nationalities’. The definition of building unity among the ethnic nationalities is quite different identified by the ruling regime, and the ethnic people themselves.

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President Thein Sein’s Government Is Insincere Towards Ethnic Nationalities

On the first day of his presidency, President Thein Sein of Burma promised to carry out a clean government and build national unity under the ‘union (pyidaungsuu) spirit’. His speech was not only welcomed by some international governments but also by opposition groups in Burma.

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Freedom of Expression Is Essential In Burma

After the November 7th, 2010 elections, the ruling regime has gradually been completing its seven-point road map by holding its first parliamentary session. The new central government and State and Division governments have been formed, and the president, vice-presidents and Chief Ministers have also been elected and appointed. However, it …

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