Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1


Ratings: (0)|Views: 2,513|Likes:
Published by The Myanmar Times

More info:

Published by: The Myanmar Times on Jun 11, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





WWW.MMTIMES.COM ISSUE 680 | JUNE 3 - 9, 2013
The government andKachin IndependenceOrganisation inked anagreement on May 30that observers hopecould lead to the end o a conict set to enter itsthird year this week. Thedeal commits both sidesto take steps to reducearmed clashes and engagein political dialogue.
Vodaone, China Mobilepull out o telecoms race
One consortium exits race or two highly prized telecoms licences, leaving 11 groups to submit theirnal bids by the June 3 deadline. The decision appeared to have been prompted by the high anticipatedcost o setting up a network in Myanmar and Vodaone’s tumbling prots in European markets.
Myitkyinatalks yieldseven-pointagreement
Lashio violenceunder control: govt
More than 50 people have been detained and 1000displaced, the governmentsays, ollowing days riotingin Lashio last week that wassparked by a visious attack ona Buddhist woman.
What do teacherswant rom reorm?
 A groundbreaking survey o more than 400 teachers romthe state an should eed intothe government’s educationreorm plans.
Brand Myanmargrabs spotlight
 Buoyed by the liting or moresanctions, Western garmentand ootwear rms are doingdue diligence ahead intoactories in Myanmar.
Lieutenant GeneralMyint Soe (left) andKachin IndependenceArmy deputy chiefGeneral Sumlut GunMaw shake hands inMyitkyina on May 30.
Photo: Boothee
Thomas Kean
MEMBERS o the Kachin communi-ty have asked Vijay Nambiar to helpincrease international involvementin Myanmar’s peace process duringa meeting in Myitkyina last week.Kachin representatives met MrNambiar, the special adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon onMyanmar, on May 29, during therest day in peace talks between thegovernment and the Kachin Inde-pendence Organisation (KIO). MrNambiar was an observer at thetalks, which concluded with thesigning o a seven-point agreementon May 30. At the meeting Myitkyina resi-dent Daw Jar Sai Khum said inter-national help was needed to resolvethe conict in Kachin State.“I think you can understand very  well that this conict has been run-ning since the country became in-dependent more than 64 years ago,”she said. “Ethnic groups around My-anmar are trying to solve the prob-lems within our communities andregions but we cannot manage all o this ourselves.“It is clear to me that the inter-national community needs to play a role in solving these conicts.”Kachin people urged Mr Nambiarto monitor the conict until a airsolution was ound. They also askedhim to raise the issue o Myanmar’sethnic conicts in the UN Security Council and encourage other mem- bers o the international community to take part in the peace process.Representatives also told MrNambiar that the KIO and Kachincommunities “are one”.‘’We want the UN to help asmuch as it can,” said 81-year-old Daw Innan Jar Yar. “The governmentand KIO have held peace talks many times but so ar there has not beenany positive outcome.“We suer the terrible impacts o the conict,” she said, adding that a political solution was needed. “We want to get [a] ederal [system] atonce. We don’t want to wait any more to get it.”The Kachin National Consulta-tive Assembly (KNCA) published a statement beore Mr Nambiar’s visitand this was presented to him at themeeting. The statement includednine points on the conict and al-leged that the government “consist-ently ignores the ethnic rights thatethnic nationalities have been de-manding, or intentionally stalls andgives excuses”.The statement said that pastmeetings have not been successul inpart because international monitor-ing groups have not been involvedand called or these groups to be in- volved in uture talks.Mr Nambiar said at the meetingthat the UN is supporting and a-cilitating peace talks and that thosetalks were being watched closely around the world.“Every one o you has an aspira-tion, an expectation … and an ex-perience. But any political solutionthat comes will not satisy everybody in all respects,” Mr Nambiar said.“I have no doubt that the UN andKIO, as well as the Kachin peopleand Myanmar people, will see thepeace process move orward,” hesaid.
Kachin community leaders backinvolvement o UN adviser Nambiar
Vijay Nambiar, a special adviser onMyanmar to UN Secretary-General BanKi-moon, speaks during a meeting withmembers of the Kachin community inMyitkyina on May 29.
Photo: AFP
THE government and the Kachin Inde-pendence Organisation have commit-ted to scaling back ghting in north-ern Myanmar, in what appears to bea breakthrough in the two-year-oldconict.The seven-point agreement wassigned on May 30, at the end o threedays o talks in the Kachin State capi-tal, Myitkyina. Leaders rom both sidessaid they were satised with the pro-gress made and promised to honourthe contents o the agreement.Minister or the President’s Ofce U Aung Min led the government delega-tion, while General Sumlut Gun Maw,deputy chie o the Kachin Independ-ence Army, led the Kachin team at thetalks, which also included observersrom China, the United Nations andthe United Nationalities Federal Coun-cil (UNFC).“Even though we didn’t sign a cease-re agreement we have got a successulresult,” said Lieutenant General MyintSoe, who was representing Command-er-in-Chie Senior General Min AungHlaing at the talks.“The Tatmadaw has never brokenpromises we gave. We stand by ourcommitments rmly but there aresometimes problems on the ground.That’s why at the talks we have madea commitment to try to decrease ght-ing between both sides. We want to say again that we must maintain our com-mitments,” Lt Gen Myint Soe said.Gen Sumlut Gun Maw said theKachin wanted to quickly progress tomore substantial dialogue.“We will continue to take action de-pending on the outcome o this agree-ment. But it doesn’t mean that we mustkeep this agreement or a long time – we must move orward to get genuinepeace through this agreement,” he told
The Myanmar Times
.U Aung Min said he believed a cease-re is not ar away and the two sides would be able to keep in close contact atall times through a technical team that will be ormed under the agreement.“We have agreed to establish a tech-nical team in order to eectively under-take measures necessary or the peaceprocess,” U Aung Min said.The agreement comes as the war innorthern Myanmar is about to enter itsthird year, and ater several rounds o talks that yielded seemingly no result.Under the seven-point agreement, both sides have committed to holdingpolitical dialogue, to “undertake e-orts to achieve de-escalation and ces-sation o hostilities” and to continuediscussions on “military issues relatedto repositioning o troops”. They willalso orm joint monitoring committeesand a technical team, while the KIO will appoint a representative in Myit-kyina. They agreed to consult over theresettlement o people displaced by theconict.On the issue o international ob-servers, both the government and KIOagreed to continue to allow the partici-pation o all groups that attended last week’s talks. “I either wishes to in- vited additional observers, the partiesalso agreed to invite these additionalobservers in consultation with eachother,” he said. Vijay Nambiar, the special adviseron Myanmar to UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon, represented the UN atthe talks, while Lu Zhi, deputy chie o mission at the Chinese embassy in Yangon, also attended. Representativerom eight ethnic armed groups and10 Kachin community leaders also took part as observers.In an eort to ensure transparency,most o the talks took place in ront o the observers. However, on some sensi-tive military issues, the two delegationsretreated behind closed doors.“We want to say to everyone thatthere will be better conditions soon. While we have aced many difcultiesover the past two years, we’re movingin the right direction,” said Lt-GeneralMyint Soe.“I have nothing else to say. I support[what the] Lieutenant General said,”Gen Sumlut Gun Maw said.The agreement was widely praisedin the international community, withUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moondescribing it as a “signicant achieve-ment that could lay the basis or a gen-uine process o national reconciliationin the country”.Mr Ban said in a statement thathe “commends the leaders o bothdelegations or their courage andperseverance”.The United States embassy in Yangon said it was “encouraged” by the agreement and looks “orward tocontinued progress in building trustand delivering lasting peace”.“[W]e support dialogue as the bestand only way to address the root causeso longstanding conict,” it said.
KIO and govtagree to scaleback fghting
‘While we have acedmany difculties over the past two years, we’re moving in theright direction.
Lieutenant General Myint Soe
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’srepresentative at the Myitkyina talks
 YANGON Vodaone and China Mobile said last week they weredropping out o the race to enterMyanmar, one o the world’s lastunexplored mobile telephone ron-tiers.They were one o 12 oreign con-sortiums short-listed by the tenderselection committee to bid or twolicences to build, own and operatea nationwide network or an initialterm o 15 years.The two companies said in a statement on May 31 that they haddecided to pull out because “theopportunity does not meet thestrict internal investment criteria to which both Vodaone and China Mobile adhere”.“Vodaone and China Mobile willcontinue to watch Myanmar’s pro-gress with interest and will give dueconsideration to any uture oppor-tunities that would meet the com-panies’ investment criteria,” they added.British-based Vodaone thismonth reported a 90-percentplunge in annual net prot atertaking a vast impairment chargerelating to poor business in debt-laden eurozone nations Italy andSpain.One bidder has estimated the re-quired spending to develop a Myan-mar network at about US$2 billion. Applicants also ace a list o re-quirements, including to providemobile voice services to 75pc o thecountry geographically within 60months.Less than 10pc o Myanmar’spopulation has access to a tel-ephone – a gure the governmenthopes to boost to more than 50pc by 2016.Other companies on the short-list include Orange, KDDI, SingTeland a consortium backed by an in- vestment und linked to billionaireGeorge Soros. A decision on the winning bid-ders is expected on June 27. –
See related coverage pages 8-9
Vodaone and China Mobileexit mobile licence auction

Activity (9)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
darnott liked this
Than Htike liked this
ZomiLinguistics liked this
Than Htike liked this
Aye Thaung liked this
Phyo Wai Kyaw liked this
Than Htike liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->