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ICC Note:

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar, made a visit to Kachin state to visit a small village and encourage people from Kachin state to participate in the upcoming peace conference Myanmar holds every six months. Most of the people from this ethnic group are Christian, many of whom feel ostracized by Myanmar’s Buddhist government. Some people from Kachin State have formed a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) which is fighting for autonomy. Myanmar has engaged with the KIA for years in conflicts but the violence has often spilled over into the civilian sector. Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is a rare one, and hopefully a signals an attempt by the government to extend a hand of peace towards the Kachin people of Myanmar.

3/31/2017 Myanmar (UCA News) – Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi made a rare visit to conflict-stricken Kachin State where she met civil society groups and Christian leaders to promote her national peace initiatives.

Catholic and Baptist church officials were among the civil society groups and community leaders who attended a two and half hour-long meeting with Suu Kyi in Myitkyina, the Kachin State capital on March 28.

During the meeting, Suu Kyi stressed the importance of ethnic groups joining the ongoing 21st Century Panglong peace conference, which is meant to occur every six months. The next one is to be held in May.

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