Peace Conference Offered Myanmar Great Promise, but Huge Obstacles Remain

Peace Conference Offered Myanmar Great Promise, but Huge Obstacles Remain
Myanmar's foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, during the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Sept. 3, 2016 (AP photo by Aung Shine Oo).

Over the past week, Myanmar held its eagerly awaited national peace conference in Naypyidaw, with hundreds of the country’s ethnic armed groups gathering in the capital alongside the government, parliament, the powerful military and political parties. The conference was a centerpiece of the agenda of the new administration led by the once-opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). It was designed to be a kind of sequel to the Panglong Conference held in Myanmar in 1947, when NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, independence hero Aung San, presided over the last meeting that brought together the country’s numerous factions and […]

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