Aside from the government's main peace plan and talks with ethnic militia groups, there have also been other events which have been trying to support the process.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
25 Jul 2012: Suu Kyi's first speech in parliament called for an end to discrimination against ethnic minorities as part of the "emergence of a genuine democratic country." She urged "all lawmakers to enact necessary laws or amend laws to protect the rights of ethnic nationalities."
28 July 2011 Aung San Suu Kyi appealed to stop all ongoing wars and to observe a cease-fire immediately. She also pledged that she was ready to help in the peace process.
16 June 2012: At “My party, the National League for Democracy, and I stand ready and willing to play any role in the process of national reconciliation"
10 Feb 2012: Met with KNU Peace Council in Yangon.
Nov 2010: Suu Kyi first broached the possibility of a "Second Panglong" after her release from house arrest.
The Thein Sein government has encouraged exile groups to return to Myanmar to cooperate with them in achieving peace and implementing democratic reforms in the country. Following the release of many prominent political prisoners and leaders in November 2011 many individuals and groups that have been in exile for over 20 years were invited to return home. Some of these include:
Activities can be categorized into four main areas:
It is still unclear exactly which groups are involved in what activities or their connections to various INGOs and donors. Several are involved with the MPSI such as the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). Many have been advising both the government and ethnic armed groups on ceasefire talks as part of the IPSG. In addition to these, some are working independently with individual armed groups observing the peace talks, providing training and consultation (e.g. Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), Swiss Peace).
At a Myanmar Peace Center meeting on Jan.27, 2013 that was hosted by Aung Min for CBOs involved in the peace process the following groups were involved: