In the meantime, whether the country can move onto development phase or not depends largely on how durable the ceasefire agreements are between the government and ethnic armed forces. It seems premature to initiate development projects in ethnic areas, when there is no clear structure or boundary of authority and responsibility between the government and ethnic organizations. And, it is uncertain if the ceasefire will turn into political negotiation process. We all know that ceasefire is only a temporary step before political dialogues towards lasting political solution.
Though this may be the path less traveled by, we believe that empowering communities, especially different ethnic communities in conflict areas, is very important. After all, the ethnic community themselves will have to make their own determination as to what kind of development they want and how they can achieve their goal of self-determination.
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