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Government, KIO union-level meeting dates announced

U Hla Maung Shwe from the government’s Technical Support Team told Mizzima that union-level peace talks between the Union Peace-Making Work Committee and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) will be held from October 8 -10.
“The technical teams from both sides will first discuss agenda for the meeting. Our technical team will focus on securing a ceasefire agreement. The agreement will depend on both leaders”, he added.


Ministerial Meeting of the Secretary-General’s Group of Friends on Myanmar

Earlier today, the Secretary-General convened a ministerial meeting of his Group of Friends on Myanmar to discuss recent developments in the country. The Ministers welcomed the remarkable gains which the country continued to make in the areas of democratization, national development and national reconciliation.  Welcoming the presence of the Myanmar delegation at the meeting for the first time, members saw this as a further reflection of the positive developments.   The Ministers expressed confidence that Myanmar would continue to make progress toward a robust democratic system with the active participation of civil society.   


Myanmar guaranteed a free and fair election in 2015: Election commission

Myanmar will hold a completely free and fair national election in 2015, the election commission chairman told reporters in Yangon on Saturday.

Tin Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission, said a strategic plan was being drawn to ensure a smooth and problem-free election.

Blunders and weaknesses in the election process will cause problems. So we are drafting a strategic plan to implement the election process, Tin Aye told the reporters at the Inya Lake Hotel.


EC and immigration authorities play blame game

The status of white card holders' right to vote in the forthcoming 2015 general election is still uncertain. The Election Commission (EC) and Immigration Department are playing the blame game by denying their responsibility on the issue.

The white cards are provisional identity cards issued by the Immigration Department to citizens whose identity and nationalities could not be ascertained.


Burma: Can President get done his peace plan?

A latest Burmas peacemaking meeting preparing for political dialogue was held between the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) and government peacemaking team led by Presidents Office Minister U Aung Min on 8 September in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Actually, U Aung Mins true intension was selling Burmese government plan to the ethnic armed groups to join in October nationwide ceasefire signing ceremony, according to sources close to the ethnic federation.


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