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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 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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New Political Challenges for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

When Burma’s democracy icon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was released on November 13th, the election period was over.  Then, the unfair and unfree election results came out with a landslide victory for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the proxy party of Burmese Army.

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What Is Meant by Disciplined Democracy?

The chief of Burma, military ruler Senior General Than Shwe, has ensured that  after the November 7th elections all the people of Burma, including the many ethnic minorities, will be ruled by a “disciplined democracy.”  This disciplined democracy will in fact only create more fear among the people of Burma.

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