Military Coup Sounds Death Knell For Myanmar’s Peace Process: Experts

Myanmar’s ambitious plan to bring armed ethnic groups under the tent of a nationwide peace accord after decades of conflict appears essentially dead in the water following this week’s military coup that unseated Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government, ethnic groups and analysts said.

On Monday, Myanmar’s military dissolved parliament in a bloodless coup that gave it control of the country. Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the democratically elected government and whose ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide of the 2015 and 2020 elections, was taken into custody along with other party leaders.

The putsch, which saw General Min Aung Hlaing declare a one-year state of emergency, drew condemnation from Western governments and from Myanmar’s 10 ethnic armies that have signed the Nationwide Cease-Fire Agreement (NCA) with the military—a fragile 2015 pact intended to end decades of conflict that have hindered the country’s political and economic development.

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “deep concern at the declaration of the state of emergency imposed in Myanmar by the military on 1 February and the arbitrary detention of members of the Government, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myi