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Monks Call for Halt to Coal-Fired Power Plant at An-Din

The abbots from six village monasteries in Ye Township, Mon State asked the Mon State Government to stop the construction of a coal-fired power plant by the Toyo Thai company in An-Din Village in Ye Township.

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BNI and MJN Become SEAPA Associate Members

Burma News International (BNI) an umbrella organisation for ethnic Burmese media and the Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) have been accepted as associate members of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).

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Federal Union Army Forms Two Regions

At the first commanders meeting of the Federal Union Army (FUA) held in a liberated area on 28th and 29th November it was decided to form two military regions according to one of the commanders who wished to remain anonymous.

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Forthcoming Nationwide Ceasefire Talks will Focus on Eight Points

Eight points which were not previously discussed will be discussed at the next nationwide ceasefire talks between the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and Union-level Peace Working Committee (UPWC) at the beginning of December said NCCT leader Nai Hong Sar.

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Nai Hongsar Clarifies Inaccurate Report About Disarmament

An inaccurate news report caused uproar and questions amongst ethnic groups because it stated that Nai Hongsar had said that the ethnic armed forces would disarm after a peace agreement.

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KIO Must Free 200 Forcibly Recruited Shans

About 200 Shan people who were forcibly recruited into the Kachin Independence Organization/army (KIO/KIA) still need to be free according to U Sai Tun Yin chairman of the Northern Burma Committee of Shan Nationalities Affairs based in Kachin State.

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JICA Discusses Small Development Projects in Mon State

Representative from the Japanese Government’s development agency the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have met with representatives of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Mon State government officials to discuss small development projects in Mon State.

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Ethnic Nationalities Under-Represented at National Reconciliation Talks

At recent national reconciliation talks the government and parliament were well represented but less than half of the ethnic political groups were represented complained Nai Hong Sar, the leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordinating Team (NCCT)  

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Karen Community Welcomes Kawthoolei Armed Force despite Controversy

The unification of four Karen armed forces into a united military organisation under the name ‘Kawthoolei Armed Force’(KAF) was welcomed by Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations, according to sources from Karen civil society groups.

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First Women Only Party Formed in Mon State

An all women political party led by Mon women and based in Mon State submitted their registration to the Union Electoral Commission (UEC) in Naypyidaw on 14th October according to the party chairwoman Mi Then Shin. (aka Mi Layai Mon)

If the registration is successful the party will become the first women only political party in Myanmar.

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DKBA returns seized weapons to government

Due to mounting government pressure, on 6th October the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) returned seven government weapons which they seized during a clash in September at Kyaik Mayaw Township, Mon State, Colonel Saw San Aung, a DKBA spokesperson told Pophtaw News.

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