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A call for an inclusive and sustainable peace process in Burma/Myanmar

Yesterday, October 15, 2015, marked the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Myanmar/Burma government and eight (8) of the country’s ethnic armed groups that, for almost five decades, have been fighting for their right to self – determination. Said peace accord, also known as the “framework for political dialogue” was declared a top priority by the government when former top Army general Thein Sein assumed office in 2011.

t is however sad to note that peace will more likely remain elusive for the peoples of Myanmar as more than half of the ethnic groups involved in the peace process have declined to participate in today’s peace pact ceremony amid questions of the accord not being fully inclusive.

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Statement of APSOC on the State Visit of US President Barack Obama

The expansion of military troops in the region will not help realize lasting peace for our people. If the US is truly an ally of peace, it should learn from its experiences on conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East: that military interference of external powers has never facilitated and, in fact, most of the time, if not always, exacerbated regional or domestic peace-building processes.

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Urgent Call on ASEAN to help halt intensifying conflict in Kachin state in Burma

We are movements and organizations calling on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to add its voice and heed mounting international calls for an immediate stop to the continuing attacks on the Kachin people in Burma.

The Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC) and the signatories below urges all ASEAN governments to end its silence on the humanitarian challenges happening within its own backyard and compel the Burmese government to stand down and stop the violence it is perpetrating in Kachin state. Air strikes in the ethnic state were reported to have begun a few days ago.

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