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  • SSA pre-empts Naypyitaw’s “preliminary programmes”

    So far Naypyitaw has yet to explain what the “preliminary programmes” included in its 18 August peace talks offer to the armed opposition movements means, but Col Sai Htoo, Assistant Secretary General of the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army...
  • Hmong shown the door by Wa

    In response to Naypyitaw’s demand to yield alien Hmongs living in Wa territory, the Wa authorities last week informed the Hmongs to return to their home countries, according to their home countries, according to border sources. ...
  • Naypyitaw launches “peace” blitz

    The embattled Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), for the third time since the military campaign against it began in March, has been contacted by Burmese authorities to negotiate for peace, according to SSA sources. ...
  • Who owns Loilang? Ask the people

    General / Thai-Burma RelationsBurma has again demanded the return of a 32 sq-km strip of land lying between its Monghsat township and Thailand’s Mae Ai district, according to an ASTV Manager Online report on the township level meeting between the two si...
  • Shan MP to UN envoy: Need to establish IDP camps

    Sai Hsawng Hsi, elected representative from Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), said he had broached the subject of setting up Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps near the war zone in central Shan State, during the meeting with UN Rights Rapp...
  • Shan scholar: Panglong is the foundation of human rights in Burma

    Sai Seng Wan, Shan academic working with the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), presenting his paper at the 4th International Conference on Human Rights and Development at Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University today...
  • SSA: We are fighting for peace

    The Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), popularly known as the SSA North, yesterday held a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the party’s founding at the besieged Wanhai base in Kehsi township, according to the SSA sources. ...
  • Thai army stages mock evacuation on the border

    General/Thai-Burma Relations A public exercise to evacuate Thai citizens on the Chiangmai border, opposite Mongton township, in the event of a renewed war between the ethnic resistance and the Burma Army was held yesterday under the auspices of the Royal...
  • SSA: Honoring Panglong, not hurling accusations, is the way to peace

    In response to charges by Naypyitaw’s information minister Kyaw Hsan on 12 August, the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) issued a statement yesterday urging all parties concerned to revive the Panglong Agreement signed in 1...
  • Thai publishing house honors late Burmese artist

    General / Thai-Burma Relations “The Life of The Buddha,” the most wellknown work of the late Burmese painter U Ba Kyi (1903-2000), in Thai version, has been on sale in Chiangmai since April. ...
  • Army vents fury on populace

    Following a surprise attack on soldiers by Shan State Army on 11 August, the Burma Army saturated a village near by with mortar shells, wounding at least 13 people including 3 women and 3 children, according to sources from Mongyai township, Shan State No...
  • SSA says Chinese engineers released by unknown group

    An unidentified armed group active in Kunhing township, between the township seat and Takaw Bridge on the Salween, had released the 3 Chinese engineers and 1 interpreter detained since May, according to Shan State Army (SSA) South. ...
  • Tin Aung Myint Oo and I were classmates – Khuensai Jaiyen

    A former classmate in Taunggyi has a message for me, conveyed through a mutual friend who recently returned from the Shan State capital I used to call home. “You’ve got to say something about Tin Aung Myint Oo,” he said. “He isn’t the person we ...
  • Midnight planes drive people to shelters

    The second visit made by 4 military planes around 01:00 yesterday, 9 August, to the Burma Army-Shan State Army (SSA) North war zone in Kehsi township, had sent sleeping villagers into bomb shelters, according to SSA and local sources. ...
  • Yawdserk: Door wide open for peace

    In response to the open letter by 23 parliamentarians on 8 August which was published by The New Light of Myanmar yesterday, Lt-Gen Yawdserk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), said he was keeping an open door fo...
  • Burma Army fast closing the gap with Mongla

    5 days after withdrawing from the No Man’s Land between it and Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA)’s frontline outposts, the Burma Army is returning with a likelihood of remaining there for a long haul, according to local and Mongla ...
  • Burma Army requests return of seized supplies

    Due to continual attacks by the Shan State Army (SSA), Burma Army units on the frontline are facing morale and disciplinary problems rising out of the shortage of rations, according to local and SSA sources. Among those seized by the SSA included rice, ...
  • Thailand celebrates World’s Indigenous Peoples Day

    A 3 day Festival of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand 2011, in honor of the International Day for World’s Indigenous Peoples, is being held in Chiangmai, 7-9 August. It is participated by 36 ethnic groups including many of those familiar to Burma, a patro...
  • Siege of Shan base relaxed but not lifled

    Though the bulk of the besieging Burma Army troops have been withdrawn since 29 July, trucks carrying rice and other supplies have continued to arrive at outposts facing Wanhai, the Shan State Army (SSA) North’s key base in Kehsi township in central Sha...
  • Shan party: Time for all to smoke peace pipe

    The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), third largest winning in the November elections, submitted a petition to the lower house speaker on 31 July calling for peace talks and cessation of human rights abuses, according to the party leadership. ...

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