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  • Some Kachin refugees visit home as heavy weapons cease

    As Burma Army ceased shelling Mai Jayang, the base of Kachin Independence Army (KIA)'s 3rd Brigade near the border with China, people taking refuge at Laying on the Chinese side say they can visit their homes during the day time. ...
  • Young generation urges Shan armies for Shan State development

    Shan youth yesterday (26/12/2011) sent a letter to Shan armies urging them to unite and work together for development and betterment of Shan State. The letter stated that SSA (South) and SSA (North) should endeavor to regain trust of the people in nation...
  • Junior Wa officers support contesting by-elections

    Although details of yesterday’s meeting between visiting U Aung Thaung, Naypyitaw chief negotiator, and Xiao Minliang, Wa Vice President, are still sketchy, most junior members of the United Wa State Party (UWSP), the political wing of the United Wa Sta...
  • Regime ready to meet UNFC now: PaO leader

    According to PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO) president Hkun Okker, Naypyitaw’s chief negotiator U Aung Min has disclosed to him that he is ready to meet the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), the alliance of 11 armed groups, during...
  • Wa, Mongla: No graduates from 20 year junta run schools

    From 1989, when the ceasefire agreement was concluded, to 2009, when Wa and Mongla rejected Naypyitaw’s Border Guard Force (BGF programme, the military government had set up schools in their territories to teach their children, but to date, there has no...
  • UNFC: Federal Army formed, better late than never

    Burma’s latest ethnic alliance formed in February has successfully established the long awaited Federal Union Army after 10 months, according to United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Assistant Secretary General Hkun Okker. ...
  • Government sending more battalions to Kachin State

    Although the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the government are preparing for a new round of peace talks, the Burma Army is still sending more battalions to the battlefields in Kachin State. On 18 December, the government sent a letter to KIO ...
  • SSA hopes to clear up problems at the next round of talks

    Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ spokesman Sai Lao Hseng says the next round of talks with Naypyitaw’s union level delegates will deal with local development as well as misunderstandings surrounding the ceasefire agreement concluded between the two sid...
  • Victim relatives forced to accept compensation

    After killing 2 villagers in Eastern Shan State last month, Burma Army officers had forced their relatives to accept a small amount of compensation. They were also required to sign for the receipts. The deputy commander of Mongkhark told them that they co...
  • SSA South: We still support the UNFC

    The following are the excerpts from the interview with the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) spokesman Maj Lao Hseng on Monday, 19 December: Q. What were the reasons for signing a ceasefire agreement with Naypyitaw?A. We have...
  • SSA won’t sign non-secession agreement

    Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ spokesman Sai Lao Hseng says its representatives had made it clear to its Naypyitaw counterparts Saturday, 17 December, that the non-secession clause included in previous agreements with 3 other armed movements would only...
  • State personnel return to Mong La

    While holding talks on ceasefire, the new government had promised to send teachers and medical workers to Mong La after they had requested for their return. The personnel from the Ministry of Border Affairs are already there now to carry out their duties,...
  • Authorities ignore war victims

    Because of the fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army, people were fleeing from Kachin State to Northern Shan State, but authorities were doing nothing for them, according to locals. ...
  • Burma Army clearing roadsides of SSA

    A 270 strong joint Burma Army force coming from Kengtung, where its Triangle Region Command is based, has been on a mission since Tuesday, 13 December, to clear the immediate environs of the Mongpiang-Kengtung highway of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South...
  • From a jack to a nightingale

    By Sai Awng Murng The fourth annual Sao Thusandi Leadership Award ceremony was recently held at Loi Kawwan, Shan State, to recognize the achievements and contributions of a senior medic, Sai Bayta. The award, established by the American humanitarian orga...
  • Branded Shan politician out to restore his name

    Sao Tha Oo, who was released as “government’s witness” against 8 other condemned colleagues especially the elected Shan leader Hkun Tun Oo in 2005, has decided to run for the vacant People’s Assembly seat in Shan State South’s Kalaw, according t...
  • Chinese back at Salween dam site

    Chinese engineers who in August left what is going to be the highest megadam in Southeast Asia on completion, after 4 of their colleagues were returned by unknown abductees opposing its construction, are now back at Tasang on the Salween, some 140 km from...
  • Interview: 62nd anniversary of anti-feudalist revolution

    A ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the Pa O people’s revolution against feudalism was held on 11 December in Kawng Moong Mong, opposite Maehongson. The following is the interview with Khun Thurein of PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO). ...
  • Vehicles continued to be requisitioned

    Portering, forced labor and requisitioning of motor vehicles have not ceased in rural townships like Namtu, 39 miles northwest of Lashio, the biggest city in northern Shan State, despite the change in governments, according to locals. ...
  • Mongla seizes precursors from Thailand

    Tipped and joined by Chinese drug busters, officials from the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), better known as the Mongla group, had netted 12 tons of precursor chemicals used for manufacturing narcotic drugs on 30 November, according to local so...

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