UPDJC debates proposal for simultaneous political dialogues around the country

A proposal that national-level political dialogues ought to be held in all regions and states at the same time was submitted to the political dialogue framework review meeting of Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), announced to Dr Manan Tu Jar, chairperson of the Kachin State Democracy Party, on October 22.

Suu Kyi to visit Japan next month

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will pay an official visit to Japan on November 1, according to Tokyo.

Suu Kyi would make a five-day visit to Japan from November 1, said a Japanese government spokesman, Kyodo reported. Kyaw Zaeya, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the bilateral relationship was improving and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited her. 

Chin residents protest against military strikes

Residents of Hakha, Chin State, staged a protest demanding an end to military strikes in Kachin State and Shan State on Monday, reports said.

Around 2,000 people marched for two hours in Hakha Township.

Mai Kyal Kyal, a protestor, said: “I denounce the military’s attack. War hurts both sides. I believe the country will develop only when there’s no war.”

Rakhine State residents hold rally to support military in Maungdaw

A group of residents of Myebone Village, located in Yanbyal Township, Rakhine State, held a rally to show support for the Myanmar Defence Services (Tatmadaw), which has entered the region following the recent Maungdaw attacks.

According to Htun Aung Lin from Myebone, the rally was meant to show support and appreciation for the soldiers who were there to protect the Rakhine locals from insurgents and terrorists who were allegedly forcing thousand out of their homes.

Govt peace commission meets UNFC negotiators

The Myanmar government's peace commission met with representatives of the Delegation of Peace Negotiation (DPN), a body within the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), in Nay Pyi Taw on October 15.

The discussion focused on the eight-point proposal of the DPN, according to Hla Maung Shwe of the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC).