Myanmar's Elusive Peace

A six-day ethnic conference on Burma’s nationwide ceasefire process concluded in northern Shan State of Burma, or Myanmar, on May 5. It was to discuss a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement that the government of Burma and 16 armed ethnic groups signed on March 31, seeking to end decades of often-violent civil wars, months before the national election is due. A consensus was apparently not reached, and some ethnic armed groups threatened to pull out of the agreement. Before the conference, The Diplomat spoke to U. Twan Saw, the Deputy Chief of the United Nationalities Federation Council, a large coalition of armed groups, at an undisclosed location in South-East Asia. Mr. Twan Zaw spoke on what the signing of the draft means, how long can the peace process take, the role of the international community, and what to expect in the near future.



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