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  • Naypyitaw meets Wanhai for the first time

    Initial talk between the new civilianized government and Shan State Progress Party/ Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) that had been fighting against the Burma Army since March, reportedly was held last weekend on Saturday, 29 October at Naypyitaw, according to r...
  • Harn Yawnghwe winds up “fruitful” tour of home country

    He regarded his 8-day visit to Burma, 20-28 October, as a fruitful eye-opener, said Harn Yawnghwe, director of Brussels-based Euro-Burma Office (EBO) and youngest son of the late first President of Burma who went into exile with his mother in 1963. ...
  • Yawdserk: Ceasefire with one must be ceasefire with others

    Lt-Gen Yawdserk of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), generally known as SSA South says ceasefire with Shan State Army (SSA) South, should also be ceasefire with SSA North, which will bolster mutual confidence and lead the w...
  • SSA outlines peace proposal

    Prior to the expected talks with Naypyitaw, the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), better known as the SSA South, says the core of its planned proposition would be “political problems should be resolved by political means....
  • Burma Army fomenting another war between Wa, Shans?

    Reports of the United Wa State Army (UWSA)’s Thai border based 171st Military Region moving its troops for another confrontation with the Shan State Army (SSA) South had once again awakened Shan and Thai security forces along the border from their letha...
  • New drug report details Gov’t sanctioned opium production’s effect on Palaung villages

    A new drug report released today by the Palaung Women’s Organization illustrates concerns within the Palaung region of Shan State North that the production of opium, encouraged by elected official and kingpin ‘Panhsay’ Kyaw Myint, has brought addict...
  • Harn Yawnghwe denies political motivations for trip to Burma

    Coinciding with his first return trip to Burma since his forced exile in 1963, Euro Burma Office (EBO) director Sao Harn Yawnghwe has released a statement in the interest of dispelling rumors surrounding the trip’s purpose. ...
  • Adrian Cowell: A friend in need

    Adrian’s 15 month trip to inside Shan State (April 1972-July 1973), came at the right time. The Shan resistance at that time was fighting on a three-front war: The struggle against the ruling military government and its Burma Socialist Programme Par...
  • Mysterious gifts presented in previous NDAA, government meeting

    According to sources close to the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) better known as Mong La group, Burmese officials presented NDAA’s representatives with presents that may have reportedly carried symbolic significance relating to astrology when ...
  • NDAA and UWSA deny involvement in Mekong incident

    Hoping to end current speculation over possible involvement in the 5 Oct. incident on the Mekong River that led to the discovery of 12 deaths and the seizure of 920,000 yaba (methamphetamine) pills on two Chinese cargo ships, Mongla NDAA official Sao Hsen...
  • Sources indicate link between release of Gen. Hso Ten and SSA talks

    Sources within Burma’s Shan State have speculated that the October 12th release of former Shan State Army (SSA) leader General Hso Ten has been used as leverage by Burmese government officials as part of their ongoing effort to entice armed resistance g...
  • Release of about 100 political prisoners includes former Shan State Army leader General Hso Ten

    In the much publicized release of prisoners in Myanmar Wednesday as part of President Thein Sein’s recent amnesty, only one of the released was a political figure from the Shan State. The lone Shan figure released from prison was Major General Hso Ten, ...
  • Mekong massacre: A case of whydunnit

    A week after the attack and grisly killing (and disappearance) of 13 Chinese crewmen and women in the Golden Triangle, where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, many are still asking who did it and why. There are few who doubt the involvement (direct or indir...
  • Rights abuses persist in ethnic states despite international perception

    Though Myanmar’s central government held a general election on 7 November 2010 and has promised progress towards peace throughout the country, regular reports of human rights abuses in several ethnic states have persisted. Recent accounts from Mongyaw, ...
  • Mekong killings: SSA wants to help

    The Shan State Army (SSA)has pledged to lend a helping hand in the resolution of 4-year long issue of drug trafficking and protection racketeering in the Golden Triangle that culminated in the killing of 13 Chinese there last week. One of its senior offic...
  • Second meeting between NDAA and government officials continues progress

    Meeting Sunday, October 9th in Kengtung for the second time in an ongoing negotiation process, members of the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) and Myanmar officials reached agreement on seven terms. NDAA officials submitted 14 terms for considerat...
  • Mystery phrase from regime peace talks offer unraveled

    According to a businessman with connections to the senior hierarchy of Burma’s new regime, one of the phrases of the official announcement inviting armed groups for peace talks with Naypyitaw is rather a needless riddle to be unveiled only after it is c...
  • KWAT condemns international community’s wait and see approach to problems in Burma

    The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) made it clear in a press conference at Chiang Mai University Friday that the wait and see approach to evolving problems in Burma’s ethnic territories by the international community and the U.N. have not b...
  • Checkpoint to reopen under Shan State government control

    Plans for the reopening of a checkpoint on Burma’s border with Thailand near Mongton township in eastern Shan State will include the Shan State government assuming control and benefiting from the income of the checkpoint, according to sources on the bor...
  • Heavy rains disrupt transportation in Burma’s Shan State

    Parts of towns in southern Shan state, including Loilem, Taunggyi, and Yawnghwe remained underwater Wednesday, after weeks of non-stop rain and serious flooding. Much of the rain was brought on by back to back typhoons occurring a week ago, with flooding ...

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