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Burma Army continues troop deployment to SSPP/SSA areas, despite promising to withdraw

Burma Army continues troop deployment to SSPP/SSA areas, despite promising to withdraw

Despite a promise to the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) by the Burma Army’s Central Eastern Commander that government troops would be withdrawn from contested SSPP/SSA areas, troop reinforcements are still being sent into the area.

 

Government troops reinforced while SSPP representatives meet U Thein Zaw

Government troops reinforced while SSPP representatives meet U Thein Zaw

While a group of government delegates led by U Thein Zaw and representatives of SSPP/SSA were meeting at the North-eastern Regional Command based in Lashio (Northern Shan State) on 18th October 2014, the Burma Army was sending in troop reinforcements to SSPP/SSA areas.

Villagers flee due to firing of over 20 mortar shells in Ke See township

Villagers flee due to firing of over 20 mortar shells in Ke See township

One of the Burma army units stationed in Wan Warp tract, Ke See township fired over 20 mortar shells into a village on October 13th 2014, causing the entire village to flee and seek shelter in a temple nearby.

Col Aung Thu orderes the SSPP/SSA to withdraw from Salween river

Col Aung Thu orderes the SSPP/SSA to withdraw from Salween river

The Shan State Minister of Border Affairs and Security, Col Aung Tu has written a letter to the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) to withdraw its troops and camps from west of the Salween river, near areas under the control of the United Wa State Army.

Self administrated zones in Shan State re-organized

Self administrated zones in Shan State re-organized

The 55 townships in Shan State that used to form 12 districts have recently been re-organized as 13, in accordance with the 2008 constitution, according to a report coming from Taunggyi, the state capital.

Two new districts have been carved out of 6 townships in the Wa Self Administered Division, according to the new structure, dated 7 August 2014:

Shan News agency founder leaves for UK

Shan News agency founder leaves for UK

Khuensai Jaiyen, President and Founder of Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN) is leaving for London for a special talk on the ongoing peace process in Burma.

The presentation is to be held on 10 September 2014, 17:00-19:00 at the Khalili Lecture Theater, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. It is organized by the Center for South East Asian Studies.

The other side of the story: KNU and UNFC can still “make it up” with each other

The other side of the story: KNU and UNFC can still “make it up” with each other

A leader of a top member organization of the 12 party alliance United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) said yesterday the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will serve as a meeting point for the recently estranged Karen National Union (KNU) and the Alliance.

Japan and Norway proposed as ceasefire witnesses

Japan and Norway proposed as ceasefire witnesses

The week-long Laiza conference of the 18 armed organizations that concluded on 31 July had proposed Japan and Norway be invited as signatory witnesses to the planned nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) signing, according to sources returning from the Sino-Burmese border.

Academic: CSOs have roles to play other than joining national dialogue

Academic: CSOs have roles to play other than joining national dialogue

Dr Hannes Siebert, special advisor to the Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue, told Civil Society Forum for Peace in Rangoon Friday that not involving in the national dialogue does not necessarily mean the CSOs have no important roles to play.

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