Two bandit leaders whose gang who killed two Karen National Union (KNU) soldiers and robbed bus passengers in the Malwha Mountains near the Yephyu Township checkpoint in Tanintharyi Region on 10th December have escaped to the Thai-Burma border.
Phophtaw News Association
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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