Alliances (armed and non-armed) of non-Burman ethnic groups
|Title:|| ||Federalism debate fractures Burma’s armed ethnic groups
|Date of publication:|| ||30 July 2013|
|Description/subject:|| ||"Burma’s armed ethnic groups have fallen out over how to develop a federal union in the former military dictatorship, resulting in two rival conferences to discuss plans to end decades of civil conflict.
Inside sources say that a split has emerged between “hard-liners” and those who favour compromising with the government to amend the military-drafted 2008 constitution, which currently grants Naypyidaw control over ethnic minority territories.
The dispute has contributed to a major rift in Burma’s ethnic movement, culminating in Burma’s leading ethnic umbrella group, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), severing ties with the multi-ethnic Working Group for Ethnic Coordination (WGEC), which was set up to coordinate negotiations with Naypyidaw, in June.
The UNFC is currently hosting an ethnic nationalities conference in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, to discuss federalism and strategies for political dialogue. Meanwhile, the WGEC is planning a similar event in mid-August, which analysts say might “cause confusion” among the ethnic populations..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Hanna Hindstrom|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Democratic Voce of Burma (DVB)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||07 August 2013|