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Posts Tagged ‘United Nationalities Federal Council’

Critique of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Blueprint for Development in Southeastern Burma/Myanmar

KPSN reportExecutive Summary

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently issued a blueprint that proposes industrial development in Southeast Burma/Myanmar, purportedly to aid in the return and settlement of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Karen and Mon States. However, the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), a network of nearly 30 ethnic Karen organizations, cautions JICA that its blueprint for infrastructure development such as roads and industrial estates in the war-torn southeast is premature and flawed, potentially exacerbating conflict in the region.

The KPSN (formerly KCBPSN) is the largest network of Karen civil society organizations in Burma/Myanmar. These organizations have been providing support for vulnerable people in this conflict-torn region for decades, striving to empower local communities, build transparent and accountable institutions, and help create a sustainable peace in Burma/Myanmar. KPSN and its member organizations are important stakeholders which must be included in any development planning process in the Karen areas of the southeast [...]

September 12, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Read more >>

Unity Must Prevail

26 April 2012 By Zaw Zaw Hlaing DVBAfter its organizational conference held on a Thailand-Burma border area, disagreements between the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the Karen National Union (KNU) has led to the KNU suspending its’ membership of the UNFC, a setback for the peace process. While this strikes a blow into the government engineered narrative that the peace process is making substantial progress, it is particularly worrying for the ethnic communities that have been suffering from this conflict for decades.

Ostensibly, disagreements over organizational structure have caused this rift, although there are also disagreements within the KNU leadership itself over its position in the UNFC, leading to fears of a split within what has traditionally been the most prominent ethnic armed group. Previous Burma regimes have used divide and rule tactics to weaken armed resistance and to sabotage ethnic unity and it is imperative that this does not happen now. As ethnic leaders squabble over leadership structures, surely much to the delight of the leaders of the Burma Army, it is the most vulnerable populations who feel the pressures, while the government manages to convince elements of the international community that a peace settlement is just around the corner. It is crucial that whatever reason for the KNU’s withdrawal from the UNFC, they must put the ethnic communities at the forefront of their decision making [...]

September 9, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Read more >>

ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္ႏွင့္ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္း နယ္ေျမမ်ားအတြင္း ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္က မဟာဗ်ဴဟာ ထိုးစစ္မ်ား ဆင္ႏြဲေနျခင္းအေပၚ ျပင္းထန္စြာ ကန္႕ကြက္ေၾကာင္း ထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာခ်က္

ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္သည္ လြန္ခဲ့ေသာ ဧျပီလဆန္းပိုင္းမွစ၍ ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္ႏွင့္ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္း နယ္ေျမမ်ားအတြင္း စစ္အင္အား အလံုးအရင္းျဖင့္ KIA တပ္မ်ား၊ TNLA ႏွင့္ SSA (N) တပ္ဖြဲ႕မ်ားအေပၚ ထုိးစစ္ဆင္ တိုက္ခိုက္ေနျခင္းသည္ ၾကီးမားက်ယ္ျပန္႕ေသာ မဟာဗ်ဴစာေျမာက္ စစ္ဆင္ေရးၾကီးအသြင္ ေဆာင္ေန၍ UNFC က ျပင္းထန္စြာ ကန္႕ကြက္လိုက္သည္ [...]

April 23, 2014 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

UNFC Statement on Current Situations

The UNFC puts on record and honors the Laiza Conference of the Ethnic Armed Resistance Organizations, sponsored by the KIO, a member organization of the UNFC, as it was a hundred percent success for unity of the ethnic nationalities. The KIO, together with the Peace-talk Creation Group [...]

November 12, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

The Future Must be Federalism in Burma

unfc-photo by nyo ohn myintPreliminary peace talks between the alliance of ethnic non-state armed groups, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the Burma government in Chiang Mai, Thailand, over the weekend of 8-9 September resulted in little progress. Meanwhile the Burma Army is simultaneously reinforcing and strengthening its positions in Kachin State, resulting in more armed clashes and causing fear of another major offensive.

Led by Minister Aung Min, the Union Peace Working Committee invited the UNFC to Naypyidaw to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord despite there being no ceasefire agreement with the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), a member of the UNFC. Given the increasing attacks on the Kachin and little tangible progress made in the peace process so far, the UNFC did not immediately accept the offer. The nationwide ceasefire accord signing is a major part of the government’s peace strategy and their plan is for international observers to be present, as well as domestic and international media. For the government, this very public show is important may be important to show the world that progress is being made, their peace plan is working and that perhaps more importantly, Burma is open for business [...]

September 16, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Statement of the Ethnic Nationalities Conference

1. Under the aegis of the UNFC, an Ethnic Nationality Conference was held from July 29 to 31 at a certain place in the liberated area.

2. A total of 122 delegates, representing the UNFC member organizations, 18 resistance organizations, the United Nationality Alliance, 4 political parties of the ethnic nationalities, youth organizations, women organizations, community-based organizations, the overseas ethnic nationality organizations, academics and active individuals [...]

August 2, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

UNFC Press Statement 5/2013

1. On July 13, from 9 am to 5 pm, the UNFC Political Dialogue Delegation’s Technical Team, led by Padoh Mahn Mahn, held consultative meeting in Chiangmai, Thailand, with the Union Peace Making Work Committee’s Technical Team, led by U Hla Maung Shwe [...]

July 13, 2013 | Tags: , , | Read more >>
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