Peace process must lead to charter change: lobbyists

The Thakin Kodaw Hmaing Peace Network said on July 23 that August's peace conference should provide the basis for constitutional amendment. 

Thakin Kodaw Hmaing was an influential political leader and writer who died in 1964. 

The group said the public had spoken by voting National League for Democracy and the military should respect the people’s wishes and assist the party. By backing peace, the military could atone for its mistakes and restore its respect. 

Ethnic armed groups believe peace will be restored: NMSP leader

Ethnic armed organisations have believed that peace will be restored in Myanmar because the ruling government is not part of a military junta, said Naing Htaw Mon, chairman of New Mon State Party (NMSP) on July 18.

The chairman of the NMSP is one of the leaders of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC), which held a meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on July 17.

Eight ethnic armed groups hold summit on 21st Century Panglong Conference

The eight ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) last year met in Chiang Mai on July 18 and discussed the Maijayan Conference and their participation in the 21st Century Panglong Conference, said Col Khun Oakkar from the Pa-O National Liberation Army (PNLO).

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets UNFC

The United Nationalities Federal Council issued a statement yesterday quoting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi as saying the constitution will be amended based on the rule of law for local peace-building and the establishment of a federal Union. The state counsellor’s remarks were made during a meeting with ethnic leaders at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yanogn.

Kachin leaders call on govt to accept Maijayan decisions

Leaders of the Kachin State Democracy Party, the National Brotherhood Federation and the Kachin Democratic Party have called on the Myanmar government to accept the decisions made at the Maijayan Summit, saying the principle of federalism is essential for peacebuilding.

Ethnic armed groups will meet in Maijayan from July 26 to 29.

UNFC confident about Suu Kyi talks

If the government complies with ethnic groups' wishes, the peace talks will be successful, said General N’Ban Law, chairman of United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC).

The general had just arrived at Yangon International Airport on July 16 on his way to meet State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

“The country will be peaceful. We are expecting success. It depends on the government. If the government complies with the ethnic groups' wishes, it will be a success,” he said.