The government has offered to meet with the four Northern Alliance members, including the Arakan Army (AA), in hopes of reaching a ceasefire agreement as soon as this month, according to U Lamai Gun Jar, a member of the Peace-talk Creation Group.

A farmer was murdered and another went missing from their farm huts about 1.5 kilometres from Kyaw Zan village in Arakan State’s Ponnagyun Township on Tuesday.  

The Arakan National Party and other Arakan State-based ethnic political parties will meet on Thursday at the ANP’s main office in Sittwe to address the political issues affecting their state, officials from the parties said. 

Residents in Arakan State’s Ponnagyun Township have called on the military to reopen the Ponnagyun-Rathedaung road, nine months into a Tatmadaw blockade of the road that was instituted citing security reasons.

The Chin State government is arranging for internally displaced people (IDPs) to return home as it has been about two months since fighting was last reported between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army in southern Chin’s Paletwa Township. 

The Tatmadaw must present the results of its talks with the Arakan Army (AA) to the government in order for the ethnic armed group to have its designation as a terrorist organisation rescinded, according to Dr. Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD).  

A woman from Khabaw village in Kyauktaw Township, Arakan State, sustained severe injuries on January 4 after stepping on a landmine while she was heading to cut firewood with her sister east of the village, said U Kyaw Hla Htwee, the younger brother of the victim. 

The Tatmadaw has reopened roads to Darlet village-tract in Arakan State’s Ann Township that had been closed for more than a year for security reasons, allowing the overland transportation of goods starting from December 30, according to locals. 

In her New Year’s speech to the nation, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she is prepared to take “new approaches” to the inclusion of armed groups that are not signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) during the next government’s five-year term.  

Pad Donation Myanmar, a charity group formed by students, will provide sanitary pads for women who are sheltering at camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Arakan State. 

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