Conflict and Political Violence Intensity in Myanmar (as of 17 Jan 2011)

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Armed clashes between ethnic minority armed groups and the government continue to occur in the border regions to China and Thailand, with both insurgent groups and government troops also targeting civilians. Maplecroft’s in-depth Country Risk Report on Myanmar highlights how the government’s recent democratic opening has also involved intense efforts to bring security to the country by launching a new round of peace talks with armed groups. As of January 2012, all major insurgent groups have negotiated cease-fires with the government and incidents of political violence are significantly fewer although risks to companies’ assets and personnel are likely to persist in the medium-term. Success in this area is a major step on the road towards the West lifting sanctions on Myanmar and will accelerate opening new lines of investment in this country.