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Kachin: thousands of civilians flee renewed fighting between army and rebels
At least 2,000 people took refuge in churches and monasteries. After a local politician was abducted, the military launched an attack even though he was freed within 24 hours. Witnesses said the military did not wait for his release, but launched a deliberate attack. Peace talks are still at a standstill.
11/10/2016 13:42:00 MYANMAR
After 55 days of fighting "the situation for the population is tragic" in Kachin
Government forces are advancing against the rebel Kachin Independence Army. For a Catholic activist, "bombardments and shelling from both sides" are occurring every day. More than 120,000 people are still displaced. For the past week, people have been calling for a ceasefire. Despite Aung San Su Kyi’s peace conference that started in late August, violence continues in northern Myanmar.
Kachin Catholics cautiously optimistic over rebel-government agreement
Yesterday the two sides signed seven-point deal in Mitkyina, the first step towards a permanent ceasefire. For AsiaNews sources, the presence of representatives of other minorities and a UN envoy was an "important" factor for clinching the deal. Myanmar's government and military have come to realise they cannot win militarily and are now open to real talks.
18/10/2016 13:52:00 MYANMAR
Card Bo slams renewed fighting as “not acceptable,” calls for renewed dialogue
The Archbishop of Yangon appeals to the nation after fighting breaks out again in Kachin and Karen states. To achieve peace, “War can never be just” he says. Hoping that the Panglong Conference "is not a false dawn,” he calls for “religious leaders” to be “part of all peace initiatives.”
As the authorities talk peace with ethnic groups, the Church helps displaced people
Myanmar’s president met a delegation of ethnic leaders for talks, hoping to see peace by the November elections. Among Kachin and Shan refugees, the situation is increasingly critical. Food supplies are at risk, and thousands of children and youth might not be able to go to school. The local Caritas and Church are in the forefront of relief efforts.
Old parliament on its way out, too slowly for Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar’s parliament met yesterday in Naypyidaw for the first time since last week’s election. Parliamentary speaker reminds his fellow lawmakers that they are on the way out, and that they should work for the people. Slow process of transition irks the new majority leader. Meanwhile, fighting continues in Kachin and Shan states.
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