Chinese President Xi Jinping told Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday that China would continue to help the country achieve peace, and called for both sides to maintain stability on their shared border, state media said.
The United Wa State Army is set for its biggest leadership shake-up in a quarter century, senior sources told Reuters, raising the prospect of a period of instability in a group that is key to Aung San Suu Kyi’s signature peace process.
Women’s rights groups are hopeful that the Ministry of Defence’s words of goodwill to include more women in peace talks at a conference on Friday will result in more female representation at future dialogues.
Gen. Gun Maw, the deputy commander-in-chief of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the group’s chief negotiator, has renewed an offer to the US government to become involved in Burma’s ongoing peace process.
“People have to feel they have a stake in the [peace] process. When they can express their views and concerns – and these are discussed – this paves the way for a totally new beginning in the society,” said Finnish statesman Martti Ahtisaari.
Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to her party supporters at a public assembly in Karen State capital Hpa-an on 18 January, declaring that the 2008 Constitution stands in the way of peace between the military and the people of Burma.
Speaking at meeting with Kachin community members in Rangoon on Wednesday, the vice chief of staff of the Kachin Independence Army, Gun Maw Sumlat, stressed the importance of public participation in Burma’s ongoing peace process.
The Kachin Independence Army’s vice chief of staff Gen. Gun Maw spoke candidly with DVB contributing reporter Niels Huby about the current round of peace talks and the Kachin leader’s goals for the future.