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  • Documents produced by the UNFC

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Google search results for United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Google
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Posts Tagged ‘United Nationalities Federal Council’ on the Burma Partnership site
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Burma Partnership
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 08 January 2013


    Individual Documents

    Title: Statement of the Ethnic Nationalities Conference, August 2, 2013
    Date of publication: 02 August 2013
    Description/subject: "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. 3. The delegates freely discussed matters relating to the current situation in Burma/Myanmar, enhancement of the unity of the ethnic nationalities and establishment of a future, peaceful, prosperous and genuine Federal Union. 4. The historic conference, in unity, adopted the following important positions and decisions..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (165K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 August 2013


    Title: UNFC Press Statement 5/2013 (re meeting between UNFC and Union Peace Making Work Committee’s Technical Team,
    Date of publication: 14 July 2013
    Description/subject: "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. 2. At the meeting, the UNFC side proposed for holding the second preliminary political consultative meeting in the first week of August. To this, the government representatives took the position of giving a reply before the end of July 2013..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (49K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 July 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council Statement on EU Review of Sanctions on Burma
    Date of publication: 21 April 2013
    Description/subject: "The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) urges the European Union (EU) to maintain the current level of sanctions on Burma until the Government of Burma takes further steps to demonstrate its commitment to peace, political reform, and respect for human rights. While the UNFC acknowledges the important changes that have taken place in Burma over the last two years, it is clear that the Burma’ s transition is only beginning. S anctions are one of the most important of pressure on the G overnment of Burma to reform. If the EU chooses to remove all sanctions, it will reduce its ability to work to promote, peace, democracy, and human rights in Burma..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Statement 3/2013
    Format/size: pdf (213K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC)-United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) - Joint Statement
    Date of publication: 21 February 2013
    Description/subject: "February 20, 2013... The eleven-member Union Peace Working Committee delegation, led by its Vice Chairman H.E. U Aung Min, and including Union Ministers H.E. U Khin Yi, H.E. U Ohn Myint, and Deputy Attorney General U Htun Htun Oo met with a United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) twelve-member political negotiation team led by Nai Hong Sar and Dr. La Ja to discuss the Framework for Political Dialogue between 9:00 am to 17:00 pm on February 20, 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand... Both delegations discussed the following issues in a frank and friendly manner:..."
    Author/creator: David Tharckabaw (trans)
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: UNFC via S.H.A.N.
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council Annual Meeting, January 2013 - Statement, (Burmese)
    Date of publication: 11 January 2013
    Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (139K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council Annual Meeting, January 2013 - Statement (English)
    Date of publication: 10 January 2013
    Description/subject: "The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) herewith issue a statement on resolution adopted by the following member and affiliate organizations in the annual meeting held from the 7th to 10th of January 2013 in a place on Thai-Burma border.... Karen National Union (KNU)... Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP)... Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)... Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP)... New Mon State Party (NMSP)... Arakan National Council (ANC)... Pa-Oh National Liberation Organization (PNLO)... Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF)... Lahu Democratic Union (LDU)... Wa National Organization (WNO)... Chin National Front (CNF) – absent..... The member organizations of UNFC, as a united entity, have decided to have comprehensive cease-fire and peace-talks with the government of Myanmar/Burma and would not accept any cease-fire and peace talks between the government and individual member organizations from now on. The UNFC, therefore, officially notifies the government of Myanmar/Burma that the UNFC is a sole negotiation body to the government in terms of comprehensive cease-fire and peace talks with the UNFC member organizations..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (56K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Press Release
    Date of publication: 09 January 2013
    Description/subject: "The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) general annual meeting has to issue this press release because of the continuing massive military operations by the Burma (Myanmar) government forces against the Kachin Independence O rganization (KIO) base area of Laiza. According to the KIO and media sources, the government forces have been using helicopter gunships, jet fighters and heavy artilleries since 14th December, 2012. In the intensification of war against the KIO and the local civilians, more human rights violations are committed by the Myanmar forces. The government troops’ increasing acts of violence and human rights violations are totally contradictory to the program of peace making by the Myanmar government led by President U Thein Sein. It is also diametrically opposed to the national reconciliation called for by the people of the Union..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (49K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Letter to the US Department of State
    Date of publication: 30 August 2012
    Description/subject: "On behalf of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) of Burma (Myanmar), I would like to extend firstly the warmest greetings and best wishes to you. I would like to express the UNFC’s concern regarding the program of the US New Investment Policy in Burma, allowing the US businesses to invest before there is countrywide ceasefire in the cou ntry. The Political Goal of UNFC is to establish a Genuine Federal Union (of Burma), with full guarantee for equality and the right of self-determination for all the ethnic nationalities. The objectives of the UNFC are (1) To establish nationwide ceasefire and peace in Burma; (2) To establish durable unity amongst all ethnic nationalities through national reconcili ation programs; (3) To promote multi-party democrac y; (4) To practice peaceful co-existence within the Federal Union under the principles of Liberty, Equality and Social justice.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (61K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Statement of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Regular Meeting
    Date of publication: 22 July 2012
    Description/subject: "The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) regular meeting for the year 2012 was held at a place in the liberated area on the Thai-Burma border, from July 16 to 18. At the meeting, an in-depth deliberation was made over the war by Bama Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) against the Kachin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA), a member organization of the UNFC, and the Union Peace Committee’s peace building agenda, publicized by President U Thein Sein government. President U Thein Sein government gives no regard to the UNFC’s call for nationwide ceasefire and political dialogue, and makes war up to this day, against the KIO/KIA, which is a UNFC member organization. Moreover, towards the end of June, its troops used heavy weapons bombardment to capture a base camp of the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army-North (SS PP/SSA-N), which is also a UNFC member organization and which has signed ceasefire agreement..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC Statement (Burmese) ညီညြတ္ေသာတိုင္းရင္းသားလူမ်ဳိးမ်ားဖက္ဒရယ္ေကာင္စီ ညီညြတ္ေသာတိုင္းရင္းသားလူမ်�
    Date of publication: 22 July 2012
    Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (76K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Statement of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Regular Meeting
    Date of publication: July 2012
    Description/subject: "The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) regular meeting for the year 2012 was held at a place in the liberated area on the Thai-Burma border, from July 16 to 18. At the meeting, an in-depth deliberation was made over the war by Bama Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) against the Kac hin Independence Organization/Kachin Independence A rmy (KIO/KIA), a member organization of the UNFC, and t he Union Peace Committee’s peace building agenda, p ublicized by President U Thein Sein government..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (60K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Letter to the Prime Minister of India
    Date of publication: 21 May 2012
    Description/subject: "...Our UNFC is composed of eleven armed organizations of Kachin, Karen, Kar enni, Chin, Mon, Shan, Arakanese, Pa - oh, Palaung, Lahu and Wa peoples. After nationwide ceasefire, we would like to have representatives of all the armed organizations and representatives of the Union government resolved the political problems , through dia logue and negotiation , in the presence of representatives of the international community . I would like to request you, as leader of the Indian government, to urge U Thein Sein government to establish nationwide ceasefire and to act for the emergence of ne gotiation between all the organizations and the government of the Union of Burma. In closing, I would like to express my best wishes and regards to you , your colleagues in the government and the people of India. May you have success in all your endeavors..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (76K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Statement of Extraordinary Meeting of the UNFC
    Date of publication: 10 May 2012
    Description/subject: The extraordinary meeting of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) attended by the UNFC central executive committee members and top leaders of the member organizations was held from May 8 to 9, 2012, at a certain place on the Thai - Burma border. At this meeting, serious discussion was held on Bamah Tatmadaw ’s military offensive against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), as the main target
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (140K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmapartnership.org/2012/05/statement-of-extraordinary-meeting-of-the-unfc/
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Political Situation after the By-elections
    Date of publication: 19 April 2012
    Description/subject: "The UNFC had issued its position statement, dated April 3, congratulating Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD for their victory in the by-elections held on April 1, 2012 and had expressed the belief that they would be a viable support for the internal peace process led by President U Thein Sein. The main point is the declaration made by the UNFC to cooperate with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD in their effort, whether inside the parliament or outside of the parliament, for the achievement of their objectives being: ( 1 ) Internal Peace; ( 2 ) Rule of Law; ( 3 ) Amendment of the 2008 Constitution
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Press release No. 12/ 2012
    Format/size: pdf (117K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Statement Congratulating Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD for Victory in By-Election Held on April, 2012
    Date of publication: 03 April 2012
    Description/subject: "The landslide victory by the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by national leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Clearly shows the true will of the people and we, the UNFC, warmly support and welcome it, as it is the first step in the transition to the democratic system. 2. We, the UNFC, absolutely believe that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, jointly with current president, U Thein Sein, will be able to endeavor for realization of the stage of political dialogue with the armed ethnic nationally organizations for the realization of a genuine (federal) union, or realization of the genuine federal principle, from this first step of democratic primary victory to the second steps comprising of nationwide ceasefire and then the realization of peace within the country..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (245K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC Position (Burmese)
    Date of publication: February 2012
    Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (65K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC Press Statement on the offensive against the Kachin National Union
    Date of publication: 20 January 2012
    Description/subject: "1. The news released by the Union of Myanmar/Burma News Team (UMNT), dated January 18, 2013 begins with a catalogue of military actions taken by the KIO/KIA since the resumption of military campaigns in June 11, 2011 by Bama Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces ) against the KIO/KIA. 2. In the one - sided attack, the UMNT makes it out as if the KIO/ KIA were the aggressors employing all the dirty tricks to bully the Tatmadaw troops. The news release is nothing but a Nazi - like propaganda war, the use of media to influence public opinion, to paint the KIO/KIA black in the eyes of the people of Burma and the international community..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Public Relation and News Unit
    Format/size: pdf (75K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council Statement on Peace in the Country (Burmese)
    Date of publication: 04 December 2011
    Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (922K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council Statement on Peace in the Country (English)
    Date of publication: 04 December 2011
    Description/subject: "The armed conflict, which has been going on between the non-Burman nationalities and successive regimes in power in the Union of Burma, is due to denial of equality to the non-Burman nationalities. This lack of equality is the crucial political problem underlying the politics of Burma. Instead of resolving the political problem by political means, use of the military might for suppression or regional development after ceasefire, by the regimes in power is an attempt to break up the struggle of the nationalities for “Political Equality” by trickery and so the country has been driven away from peace for more than 60 years. On August 18, U Thein Sein government made an overture for peace talk by issuing a statement once more. However, talk with individual organizations separately was specified as a pre-condition. We view this as not only as a difficult and slow-moving way but also as an attempt to break up the unity of the UNFC..."
    Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (89K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmapartnership.org/2011/12/the-position-statement-of-unfc-peace-in-the-country/
    http://www.burmapartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/statement.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC Letter to Thailand
    Date of publication: 27 October 2011
    Description/subject: "...We are good neighbors of the Thai people and we see Thailand as one of peace and justice loving countries of the World. Accordingly, we would like to appeal to Your Excellency and the government of Thailand, under your Excellency's lea dership, to have sympathy and understanding with our struggle against injustice, feudal imperialism and military Nazism/fascism. We would like to appeal also to you r Excellency to urge the Burmese government to cease military offensives entirely ag ainst all the ethnic nationalities, to relinquish the policies of feudal imperialism and Nazism/fasci sm, punish the troops committing atrocities and hold political dialogue with the ethnic organizations represented by the UNFC for establishment of lasting peace and stability"
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (40K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Appeal of UNFC to the People and International Community
    Date of publication: 08 October 2011
    Description/subject: "At the oath taking ceremony for assuming presidential duties, President U Thein Sein said that he would endeavor for national unity and the growth of the union spirit, which was true nationalism. On August 18, the government made overture for peace talk with the Union Government Statement Number 1/2011. These moves are indications of willingness to build national unity by the new government , led by U Thein Sein . Members of our U nited Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), the armed organizations of the ethnic nationalities, also desire national unity. Even though the two sides have the desire for national unity, why the national unity is in shambles and armed conflict has been con tinuing for more than 60 years? We need to analyze the question. We, members of the UNFC, are not struggling for breaking away from the union. We are simply striving to regain our birth rights, which are the rights of the ethnic nationalities..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (90K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmapartnership.org/2011/10/appeal-of-unfc-to-the-people-and-international-community/
    http://www.burmapartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UNFC+Statement+08-10-2011.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC Statement စစ္မွန္ေသာျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးေဆြးေႏြးပဲြအျမန္ေပၚေပါက္လာရန္ ျပည္သူမ်ား ႏွင့္ နိုင္ငံတကာသ
    Date of publication: 08 October 2011
    Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (49K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Introduction to United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Date of publication: 03 September 2011
    Description/subject: "The UNFC is a representation of reunification of almost all the ethnic resistance forces, particularly between the ceasefire organizations – the Kachin Independent Organization (KIO), Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) and New Mon State Party (NMSP) - and the non - ceasefire organizations – Karen National Union (KNU), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and Chin National Front (CNF). The reunification process started in early 2010, after the SPDC military regime insisted on the ceasefire organizations (CFOs) to transform their armed wings to the Border Guard Force (BGF) or people's militia, which would be subjected totally to the command of Burma Army. At the end of the 16 - year old cease fire period, the SPDC military regime demanded CFOs to transform its armed forces to BGF or people’s militia. Some CFOs such as the KIO, SSPP, NMSP, DKBA, etc. totally rejected the demand, since they had signed the ceasefire agreement, with the hope of gaining the rights to political equality and self-determination of the ethnic nationalities..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (135K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Letter to U Thein Sein: Appeal to seek political solution to the political problems
    Date of publication: 15 August 2011
    Description/subject: ... Respected Mr. President, "It was with great hope that the United Nationalities Federal Council (Union of Burma) had warmly welcomed your commitment to building national unity as outlined in your inaugural speech during your swearing-in ceremony as the new President of the Union of Myanmar..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (116K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC reply to the open letter of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
    Date of publication: 05 August 2011
    Description/subject: To The People’s Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. We, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) , received in good order your open letter , dated July 28, 2011, sent to President U Thein Sein and our UNFC member organizations, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the Karen National Union (KNU), the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA). Instead of the UNFC member organizations, to which the letter was addressed, making a reply individually, we, the UNFC comprising of almost all the armed organizations, would like to make a reply regarding our position, on behalf of all the member organizations..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (91K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: Briefing on the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Date of publication: 01 July 2011
    Description/subject: Brief History of Burma (Myanmar...Military Dictatorship...Alliances of Freedom and Democratic Movement...Democratic Alliance of Burma...Ethnic Nationality Council...United Nationalities Federal Council...Aim and Policies of UNFC...
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: UNFC Foreign Affairs Department
    Format/size: pdf (110K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: UNFC - Statement of Expanded Meeting of the Political Leading Board and Central Executive Committee
    Date of publication: 14 May 2011
    Description/subject: "The expanded meeting of the United Nationalities Fe deral Council (UNFC) Political Leading Board and Central Executive Committee was held from May 9 to 12, 2011 successfully in a liberated area in th e border region. The meeting reviewed the domestic as well as the in ternational situations and discussed thoroughly some adjustments necessary for more effe ctive and smooth performance of internal work of th e UNFC. At this meeting, necessary amendments were made to the UNFC Constitution, which was adopted by the Ethnic Nationalities Conference held from Fe bruary 12 to 16, 2011, in accordance with the provi sions of the Constitution. The members of UNFC were selec ted and the 9-member executive committee was formed by consensus decision and in accordance with the amended Constitution..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council Members & Patrons Designated by Member Organizations
    Date of publication: 11 May 2011
    Description/subject: New Members Elected at May 2011 Meeting
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: United Nationalities Federal Council
    Format/size: pdf (149K)
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


  • Reports and other documents about the UNFC

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Google search results for United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Google
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council (Profile by Myanmar Peace Monitor)
    Description/subject: SUMMARY: Founded: Feb. 16, 2011 Headquarters: Chiang Mai, Thailand... The UNFC is the latest coalition of ethnic armed groups. It was renamed and reformed from the Committee for the Emergence of Federal Union (CEFU), founded in Nov. 2010. The UNFC wants to represent all of the ethnic armed groups during peace negotiations with the government. Previous Ethnic Alliances: National Democratic Front (NDF), 1976-ongoing Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC), 2001-ongoing... Objective: The UNFC wants to establish a Federal Union in Myanmar. They have already formed the Federal Union Army (FUA) to protect ethnic areas..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Myanmar Pece Monitor
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 16 July 2013


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
    Description/subject: Link to entries on UNFC under "Non_Burman and non-Buddhist groups"
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 08 January 2013


    Individual Documents

    Title: ANALYSIS OF THE UNFC POSITION
    Date of publication: 06 August 2013
    Description/subject: EBO analysis of the UNFC position developed at its Chiangmai meeting of 29-31 July, 2013...contains article-by article analuysis plus a chart of the relative strength of the UNFC and non-UNFC forces.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Euro-Burma Office (EBO) Briefing Paper No. 4/2013
    Format/size: pdf (393K)
    Date of entry/update: 07 August 2013


    Title: 2008 charter dumped by Chiangmai conference
    Date of publication: 01 August 2013
    Description/subject: "The 3 day Ethnic Conference organized by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) that ended yesterday had overwhelmingly spurned the military-drawn and adopted 2008 constitution, following a 3-hour long debate... One participant had called the 194-page composition drafted under the close guidance of the “retired” strongman Than Shwe as an attempt “to prolong the military dictatorship and keep the ethnic peoples under perpetual slavery.”... To a representative from the Women’s League of Burma (WLB), it is a “fearsome” document, as it was written by soldiers who uphold no respect for the womenfolks... The resolution was to draft a new constitution, despite counsel from some that it would mark a head-on confrontation with the military.... The meeting was also like-minded on several other topics: Change, as one put it, is just “oil on the water’s surface.” The country is just “going through the motions” but change has yet to come A nationwide ceasefire agreement without adequate guarantees of a political dialogue and monitoring mechanisms is unacceptable After two years of ceasefire and peace talks, there is little trust between the two sides (“Documents captured in battles still call us ‘insurgents’ and stress ‘total annihilation,’” said a Shan State Army representative) The President’s 8 point guidelines for peace talks received a resounding rejection (“The government is out for negotiated surrender, not negotiated settlement,” said Dr Lian H.Sakhong)..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.)
    Format/size: html, pdf (263K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.english.panglong.org/index.php?view=article&catid=85%3Apolitics&id=5523%3A2008-charter-dumped-by-chiangmai-conference&format=pdf&option=com_content&Itemid=266
    Date of entry/update: 07 August 2013


    Title: ALLIED IN WAR , DIVIDED IN PEACE - The Future of Ethnic Unity in Burma
    Date of publication: February 2013
    Description/subject: "On 20 February 2013, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) an 11 member ethnic alliance met with the Burmese Government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) at the Holiday Inn, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The meeting , supported by the Nippon Foundation, was an attempt by Government negotiators to include all relevant actor s in the peace process. The UNFC is seen as one of the last remaining actors to represent the various armed ethnic groups in the country (for more information see BP No.6 Establishing a Common Framework) and has frequently sought to negotiate terms as an inclusive ethnic alliance...According to peace negotiator Nyo Ohn Myint , discussing the most recent meeting, in February 2013: Primarily they will discuss framework for starting the peace process, beginning with: addressing ways to advance political dialogue; the division of rev enue and resources between the central government and the ethnic states; and how to maintain communica tion channels for further talks. Khun Okker, who attended the meeting, suggested that the February meeting was primarily a trust building exercise for th e UNFC and the Government. While individual armed groups had spoken to U Aung Min throughout their negotiation processes and some had already built up trust with the negotiation team. He believed that the UNFC would be more cautious in its approach in relation to the peace process, especially considering the continuing clashes with UNFC members including the KIO and SSPP/SSA..."
    Author/creator: Paul Keenan, Editor: Lian H. Sakhong
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies (Briefing Paper No. 12, February 2013)
    Format/size: pdf (215K)
    Date of entry/update: 11 March 2013


    Title: Establishing a common framework: The role of the United Nationalities Federal Council in the peace process and the need for an all-inclusive ethnic consultation
    Date of publication: May 2012
    Description/subject: "While the Burmese Government continues to seek peace with the various ethnic resistance movements individually at the local levels, the United Nationalities Federal Council – Union of Burma (UNFC) is working in the political process to ensure that any state-level talks are held through a common framework. However, there remain a number of concerns to be addressed by member organisations in recognizing a common policy that will benefit all relevant ethnic actors..."
    Source/publisher: Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies (Briefing Paper No. 6 )
    Format/size: pdf (598K - original; 526K - OBL version)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/BCES-BP-No.6(en)-red.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 11 May 2012


    Title: United Nationalities Federal Council. (UNFC), the newest coalition formed in a 5-day conference last week on the Thai-Burma border
    Date of publication: 21 February 2011
    Description/subject: "United Nationalities Federal Council. (UNFC), the newest coalition formed in a 5-day conference last week on the Thai-Burma border could well become the only non-Burman ethnic alliance worth talking about, according to some co-founding members The Committee for the Emergence of Federal Union (CEFU), the core group that organized the conference, 12-16 February, declared its dissolution following the founding of UNFC. It was formed by three former ceasefire groups: Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ plus three non-ceasefire groups: Karen National Union (KNU), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and Chin National Front (CNF) in November. By contrast, other existing coalitions, notably the National Democratic Front (NDF), formed since 1976, and the Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC), formed since 2001, are bound to be “history soon”, according to sources who request anonymity. For the NDF, the reason is all of its member organizations, except for Arakan Liberation Front (ALP), have decided to join the UNFC..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Democracy for Burma
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 01 September 2012


    Title: Myanmar Peace Monitor - Ethnic Peace Plan
    Description/subject: All ethnic groups believe that only negotiations on the terms of the Panglong Agreement based on self-determination, federalism and ethnic equality will resolve the ethnic conflict in Myanmar. However there is no cohesive plan or body that represents all armed groups. ​ Presently the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) is the most active ethnic alliance. However it does not represent all of the ethnic armed groups. Several of its members are involved in the Working Group on Ethnic Coordination (WGEC), which is administered and financed by the Brussels-based Euro-Burma Office (EBO). The EBO is the main organization responsible for liaising and coordinating with the MPSI. ​ Both the UNFC and WGEC have called for alternatives to the government’s BGF scheme and 2008 constitution. While the government claims that changes are possible by winning seats in parliament, ethnic armed groups are calling for political dialogue outside parliament.  Several of the ethnic armed groups’ main demands (excluding the government’s guiding principles that were previously mentioned) are:
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Myanmar Peace Monitor
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 15 May 2013