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Thant Myint-U -- Myanmar beyond the peace process

A TNLA (Ta'ang National Liberation Army) soldier on guard-duty at a Palaung village in upper Shan State during recent clashes with the Myanmar Army, in February. (Photo by Steve Tickner)

Myanmar's national level peace talks, known as the Union Peace Conference, to convene in Naypyitaw on Aug. 31 will almost certainly be a symbolic success. Nearly all the country's myriad "ethnic armed organizations" will be there, both those who signed and many who did not sign last October's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. The military's commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing will attend, as will State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the new government and the conference's principal architect. There will be a supporting cast of hundreds, from across Myanmar's political spectrum, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

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