FEBRUARY 12 marks 70 years since independence hero Bogyoke Aung San met with Shan, Kachin and Chin leaders in the Shan State town of Panglong and signed an agreement that would grant their territories full autonomy within 10 years.
But the pact was never fulfilled. Shortly after achieving independence in January 1948, the country plunged into a decades-long civil war that remains active today.
In 2011 the quasi-civilian government led by former president U Thein Sein embarked on a fresh approach to the peace process, aimed at finally bringing truly nationwide peace to the country. It was an approach that had some limited success...
Hein Ko Soe and Oliver Slow