Politics

Schools reopened in Rakhine

More than one-third of schools re-open in Rakhine

KITSAPA- Some 126 schools of 424 in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung Townships, Rakhine State that have been experiencing violence have been reopened, according to the Information Committee.

After actions by ARSA militants on August 25, 183 schools in Maungdaw, 221 schools in Buthidaung and 20 schools in Yathedaung Townships were closed.

As regional peace and security is restored, students are returning to classes.

Rakhine issue a big challenge, NLD says

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party on November 13 released a statement saying it is a big challenge for the government to stabilise northern Rakhine State and establish the rule of law there.

The ruling party held a ceremony at its Yangon headquarters on that day to mark the 97th National Day. Officials from the party, Yangon regional government and parliament, and guests attended the event.

NCA signatories hold meeting in Chiang Mai

The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) formed by the eight ethnic armed groups that are  signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) held a meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on November 14 and 15.

The meeting discussed the implementation of the NCA, the continued holding of political discussions and the peace process.

Military chief can’t accept numbers presented by Bangladesh

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, yesterday met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at Zeyar Thiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw and said that he can’t accept the numbers related to people who have fled across the border that was being presented by the Bangladeshi government.
 

Broad-economic sanctions against Myanmar would not be advisable at this time: US Secretary of State

In a joint press release in Nay Pyi Taw on November 15, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said broad-economic sanctions would not help Myanmar in solving the Bengali issue at this time.

He held separate talks with Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Nay Pyi Taw on November 15.

Rex Tillerson arrived in Myanmar on November 15 to pay one-day visit.

US Secretary of State arrives Myanmar

Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, arrived in Myanmar this morning. 
 
The Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Office released a statement saying that Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services, met with Rex Tillerson at the Zeyar Thiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw before holding a separate meeting with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. But, there was no detailed release.
 

NCA signatories, UNFC hold political framework review meeting in Chiang Mai

The Peace Process Working Team (PPWT) of the eight ethnic groups which are signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and the Delegation of Political Negotiation (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) held a political framework review meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on November 13.

China agrees to discuss codes of conduct for the South China Sea

The tension between Asean countries and China over the issue of the South China Sea has relaxed somewhat, with China agreeing to discuss “codes of conduct”.

The China agreement came on the heels of the 20th Asean-China Summit at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila on November 13.

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea remain between China and some Asean countries, particularly the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

Suu Kyi to meet UN Secretary-General in Manila

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will meet the Secretary-General of the United Nations on November 14 in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

It will be an independent side meeting between Suu Kyi and Antonio Guterres. The UN head is in Manila to attend the 31st Asean Summit and related meetings, said a UN official.

The Rakhine issue is among the topics they will discuss. Guterres recently criticised Myanmar’s government over the violence in Rakhine State.

Rakhine issue a big challenge, NLD says

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party on November 13 released a statement saying it is a big challenge for the government to stabilize northern Rakhine State and establish the rule of law there.

The ruling party held a ceremony at its Yangon headquarters on that day to mark the 97th National Day. Officials from the party, Yangon regional government and parliament, and guests attended the event.