25-08-16: Historic peace conference in Myanmar sees international support

By Anya Palm

Myanmar is set to make history on August 31. when the country holds a conference to broker terms of a lasting peace in between the state and several armed ethnic armies operating mainly in the country´s Northern area.

Taking its name from the 1947 Panglong Conference which resulted in key ethnic leaders joining the Union of Burma and uniting in the struggle for independence from Britain, the peace conference is the largest and most inclusive in over 50 years.

For decades, the Nothern area has been plagued by frequent armed clashes, which has stalled the development significantly.

The conference have a prominent guest list of national and international guests, with UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon as the latest addition.