The next round of meetings of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC), the alliance of Burma’s armed ethnic groups, won’t happen until January 2014. Originally the meeting was supposed to take place in December in territory controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU).
A relief group operating in Kachin state has accused the Burma army of stealing food from internally displaced people (IDP) and shooting at them. A statement posted on the Free Burma Rangers website reported that on the afternoon of November 21, Burma Army soldiers re-entered the Nam Lim Pa Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, prompting 59 of the camp’s inhabitants to flee to Man Gau village with the help of FBR.
In an interview with Australia’s public broadcaster ABC on Thursday, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi claimed there was no need for her to speak out about the ongoing Kachin conflict, which according to the UN has displaced more than 100,000 civilians since June 2011.
The Kachin Democratic Party (KDP) received word on Friday that its application for registration had been formally approved by the Union Election Commission, according to party leader Gumgrawng Awng Hkam.