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2016 Myanmar Special Weapons News

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  • China, Myanmar vow to strengthen law enforcement, security cooperation People's Daily 28 Sep 2016 -- China and Myanmar have vowed to strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation.
  • Mosques, Madrasas to be Razed in Myanmar's Rakhine State VOA 21 Sep 2016 -- A high-level government official in Myanmar's Rakhine State is set on demolishing hundreds of buildings, including mosques and Islamic religious schools, in the state's Muslim-majority townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung.
  • US Lawmakers Meet With Aun San Suu Kyi, Speak Out on Myanmar Sanctions VOA 15 Sep 2016 -- U.S. lawmakers met Thursday with Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and expressed mixed reactions to President Barack Obama's intention to lift economic sanctions on the country formerly known as Burma.
  • U.S.-Burma Relations US Dept. of State 14 Sep 2016 -- Aung Sang Suu Kyi's historic visit in her new capacities as State Counsellor and Foreign Minister is testament to the far-reaching change Burma has undergone in the past few years. Burma now has a civilian-led, democratically elected government focused on bringing peace and national reconciliation, economic prosperity and social welfare, and respect for human rights to its people.
  • Terminating the National Emergency for Burma US Dept. of State 14 Sep 2016 -- On September 14, President Obama announced his intent to terminate the National Emergency with respect to Burma, nearly 20 years after economic and financial sanctions were first imposed on Burma. The announcement came after the President met and discussed these issues with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, during her first visit to the United States in her new capacity.
  • US Signals Changes in Economic Ties with Myanmar VOA 14 Sep 2016 -- The United States pulled its ambassador from Myanmar in 1990 after the military refused to cede power to a civilian government. U.S. sanctions were imposed in 1997 and have been in place in some form ever since. Here is a look at those sanctions:
  • US Prepared to Lift Sanctions on Myanmar VOA 14 Sep 2016 -- President Barack Obama announced the U.S. is prepared to lift economic sanctions on Myanmar, following talks at the White House with the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Advocates for Rohingya Press Aung San Suu Kyi for Immediate Relief VOA 13 Sep 2016 -- When Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi meets President Barack Obama at the White House this week, activists will be watching to see how the pro-democracy icon will address the plight of the country's ethnic Rohingya, whom human rights groups say are among the world's most persecuted minority groups.
  • Kofi Annan: Myanmar Rohingya Panel Will Not Police Human Rights VOA 08 Sep 2016 -- Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan assured residents of Myanmar he is not in the country to police human rights violations, but instead to recommend solutions to ease tensions between Buddhists and the Muslim minority.
  • India Arms Myanmar to Secure Northeastern Border Sputnik 06 Sep 2016 -- Forging ahead in its effort to quell an insurgency of more than five decades in the north eastern part of the country, the Indian Government has started supplying advanced weaponry and electronics to the Myanmar Army.





  • Joint Press Availability With Burmese Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi US Dept. of State 22 May 2016 -- Press Availability by John Kerry, Secretary of State
  • Kerry Urges More Reforms During Visit to Myanmar VOA 22 May 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hailed Myanmar's transition to democracy, but urged its new civilian led government to continue its work on implementing key reforms meant to improve developments and human rights.
  • US Sanctions on Myanmar 'Will Not Hurt,' says Aung San Suu Kyi VOA 18 May 2016 -- The Obama administration's decision to continue certain sanctions on Myanmar will not harm the Southeast Asian country, according to Myanmar State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • US Eases Some Myanmar Sanctions VOA 17 May 2016 -- The Obama administration is further easing financial sanctions on Myanmar to support the nation's political reforms and economic growth, and to facilitate U.S. trade with the country also known as Burma. The United States is continuing other measures, however, in an effort to thwart human rights abuses and military trade with North Korea.




  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi Meets Army Chief for Talks on Transition VOA 17 Feb 2016 -- Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with Myanmar's army chief for talks aimed at transitioning to a democratically-elected government, following nearly five decades of military-rule.
  • 3,000 displaced in violence in northern Myanmar state: UN Press TV 16 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations (UN) says thousands of people have been displaced amid clashes between different ethnic rebel groups in Myanmar's northern state of Shan.
  • Myanmar Parliament Sworn In; Next President Unknown VOA 01 Feb 2016 -- New members of Myanmar's parliament, most dressed in traditional garb, took a joint oath of office Monday in the capital, Naypyidaw, as the prelude to installing the country's first democratically elected government in more than half a century.


  • Child malnutrition on rise in Myanmar's Rakhine: EU agency Press TV 29 Jan 2016 -- A EU agency says the number of severely-malnourished children has risen in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, which is home to the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Takes Center Stage at Myanmar Peace Talks VOA 12 Jan 2016 -- Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is calling for all factions to be included in the newest round of peace talks between armed ethnic groups and the country's outgoing quasi-civilian government.
  • Why can't Myanmar clear its landmines? IRIN 07 Jan 2016 -- The morning that everything changed for three young cousins began like almost every other in this quiet community near Myanmar's border with China. The children were walking down a dirt road in the morning sunshine, chatting as they went, when the tranquility was shattered by a huge blast.