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Military Opposition to Charter Change Could Entrench Public Trust Deficit

The military’s opposition to constitutional amendments may harm efforts to conclude a nationwide ceasefire and undermine trust at home and abroad.

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Civilians Injured in Ongoing Fighting in Hpakant

Scores of civilians fled their homes on Wednesday, while others were caught in the crossfire, as conflict in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township continued.

Burma Army Chief Says Ethnic Rebels Should Abandon Arms, Make ‘Logical’ Demands

Min Aung Hlaing reaffirms the military’s position that ethnic armed groups should disarm in their pursuit of peace during a meeting with a Chinese envoy.

TNLA Says 200m Kyats in Drugs Seized

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army says it has detained six people and seized drugs worth nearly 200 million kyats (US$167,000) in northern Shan State.

Charter Reform Vote Ripples Through Ethnic Leadership, Further Damaging Trust

In the aftermath of a constitutional reform battle, Burma’s ethnic armed groups predict the decision could drive a deeper wedge into the country’s peace efforts.

Govt Summons Ethnic Peace Team, Defends Ceasefire Draft

Government peace negotiators invite ethnic leaders for terse talks, reiterating that they do not want to alter the current draft of a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Ma Ba Tha to Trade Bullhorns for Broadcast Towers in Radio Deal

The Buddhist nationalist organization will trade in their bullhorns for broadcast towers after a Thai religious delegation pledged funding to build the group two radio stations.

Support Incumbents, Ma Ba Tha Leader Tells Monks

An influential nationalist monk urges his fellow Buddhist clergymen to rally support for the incumbent government instead of Burma’s political opposition in the general election.

Military Promises Shwedagon Highrises ‘Will be Stopped’: Ma Ba Tha

The Association for the Protection of Race and Religion claims that senior military figures have promised to halt five high-rise developments near Shwedagon Pagoda.

Burma Deports Another 37 Boat People to Bangladesh

Thirty-seven migrants are deported from western Burma to Bangladesh, as nearly 600 others remain in shelters near the border, officials say.

Fresh Fighting in Hpakant Sends 100 Villagers Fleeing

Local sources claim over 100 villagers are now hiding in the jungle near Hpakant after fresh skirmishes between the Burma Army and the KIA.

Govt Concerned by New ‘Hardline’ Ceasefire Negotiating Bloc

The government’s chances of finalizing a nationwide ceasefire agreement before this year’s election have shrunk considerably, after ethnic leaders voted to cede negotiating power to a new “hardline” committee.

Army Witnesses Spurn Court Summons Over Journalist’s Killing

Members of the Burma Army who were summoned to appear before a court investigating the killing of journalist Par Gyi in military custody are no-shows.

A Taxing Trip in Karen State

Ethnic armed groups and the Burma Army levy informal tolls along part of the Asia Highway 1, a project aimed at enhancing Asean connectivity.

Kokang Rebels Declare Unilateral Ceasefire

Ethnic Kokang rebels, who have been warring with the Burmese government for four months along the Sino-Burmese border, have announced a unilateral ceasefire effective June 11.

Ethnic Summit Confident of Ceasefire Agreement Despite Resignations

Ethnic leaders at a summit in Karen State are broadly in agreement that a nationwide ceasefire agreement will eventually be signed, despite the attempted resignation of three armed groups from the ethnic negotiating team.

UN Envoy Meets Arakan Leaders to Discuss Migrant Crisis

Vijay Nambiar, the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Burma, has met with Arakan ethnic leaders to discuss the Bay of Bengal migration crisis.

Kachin Leader Deals Dose of Reality at Ethnic Ceasefire Summit

The second day of an ethnic leadership summit in eastern Burma starts off with a markedly different tone, as a senior Kachin official urges his peers to proceed toward peace with caution.

PLA Military Drills Along Sino-Burmese Border ‘Natural,’ Chinese Envoy Says

A Chinese envoy describes his country’s live-fire military exercises near its border with Burma as routine, expressing confidence that the activities won’t affect Sino-Burmese relations.

International Pressure on Ethnic Armies to Ink Ceasefire

UN and Chinese envoys join one of Burma’s most powerful armed groups in urging ethnic leaders to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.

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