The Burmese government is aiming to hold the third round of the Union Peace Conference next month, according to the State Counsellor’s Office.
Harn Yawnghwe’s Euro Burma Office has been a major donors to the ethnic armed organisations and civic groups involved in peace talks.
Opium cultivation remains a lucrative source of income for many farmers, but the illegal industry is facing renewed scrutiny in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Karen National Union vice president told DVB that current fighting in northern and eastern Burma has damaged trust.
As leaders of ethnic armed organisations meet in Law Khee La, key figures at the meeting have emphasised the need for speed.
DVB speaks to Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team member Hkun Okker as 3 ethnic groups threaten to quit the ethnic bloc.