Monday, January 14, 2013

‘When the Guns Stop, the Talks Can Begin’

12 Jan 2013

Last week, a Karen National Union (KNU) delegation led by the ethnic armed 
group’s new chairman, Gen Mutu Say Poe, traveled to Naypyidaw 
to meet President Thein Sein and the commander-in-chief of Burma’s armed forces, 
Vice Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing. KNU General Secretary Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, 
was also a part of the delegation. On Thursday, he spoke to The Irrawaddy‘s 
Nyein Nyein by telephone to discuss his views on the high-level meetings held on
 Jan. 5-6, and on Burma’s ongoing peace process.

US to Search for World War II Missing in Burma

12 Jan 2013

WASHINGTON—The US military is preparing its first search in eight years 
for remains of American soldiers lost in Burma during World War II, 
an official said on Friday.

Burmese Govt Helicopter Crashes in Kachin State

12 Jan 2013

RANGOON—Kachin ethnic rebels battling the army in northern Burma say 
they have shot down a government helicopter, but the army 
says it crashed due to engine failure.

Rohingya Continue to Flee West Burma in Thousands

12 Jan 2013

RANGOON–Thousands of people have fled from Burma’s restive Arakan State 
and neighboring Bangladesh in the first week of this month alone, the UN refugee 
agency reported, warning that the plight of displaced persons in the region 
continues to grow more severe.

Myanmar press council offers to mediate legal charges against media

14 Jan 2013

Myanmar’s interim press council will act as a mediator when media people 
face prosecution, a council official said.
Secretary Kyaw Min Swe made the announcement at a press conference held 
in Yangon yesterday on the role of the council.    

High-powered committee to boost SMEs formed

14 Jan 2013

The Small Medium Enterprises Development Central and Work Committee 
has been formed to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs), 
according to the Presidential Office.

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