The second Panglong trap

David Eimer

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General Aung San shaking hands with British politician Arthur Bottomley at the 1947 Panglong Conference. Photograph: WikiCommons

Aung San Suu Kyi’s first attempt at resolving the various conflicts that have rumbled on in Myanmar’s borderlands almost since the country gained its independence from Britain in 1948 ended after four days in early September. The clumsily titled “Union Peace Conference 21st Century Panglong” drifted to an underwhelming close in the capital Naypyidaw, having been haunted by the non-appearance of representatives from three of the ethnic armies fighting the government and punctuated by walkouts from some of the attendees.

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