A committee tasked with implementing the recommendations of Kofi Annan’s Rakhine State Advisory Commission says it has made progress over the past six months, highlighting the planned closure of three IDP camps in the state.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar needs to improve services in Nay Pyi Taw to entice foreign embassies to shift from Yangon, but even government officials admit that the move will be a tough sell for many years.
A secret meeting in China between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Organization has raised hope of further talks that could advance the quest for peace, but heavy fighting between the two sides is unlikely to end any time soon.
While the people of Kayin State have largely benefited from the decision by three Karen armed groups to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015, conflict and religious tension remain a fact of life in the DKBA-controlled Myaing Gyi Ngu region.
An unrelenting athlete was Myanmar’s only competitor in para-cycling at the recent Asian championships in Nay Pyi Taw and he hopes to compete in more international events — but that might depend on whether sporting organisations want to give him support.