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Shan army leader: We may need a “referee” to assist the peace process

Shan army leader: We may need a “referee” to assist the peace process

Lt-Gen Yawdserk, the leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), calling from his Loi Taileng stronghold yesterday, said a neutral party would be needed to “referee” between the government and the armed resistance, if the current deadlock continues.

 

Shan delegation departs for Naypyitaw

Shan delegation departs for Naypyitaw

The Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) led by General Secretary Hkun Hseng had left the Wanhai headquarters yesterday to attend a meeting with the government’s  Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) in Naypyitaw, according to Wanhai sources.

Burmese troops masquerading as construction workers

Burmese troops masquerading as construction workers

New Burmese army arrivals in contested areas around Wanhai, the headquarters of the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) in Kehsi township, Loilem district, are changing their uniforms into civvies, as they enter the areas, according to sources from central Shan State.

Parliament peace chief visits Mongla

Parliament peace chief visits Mongla

U Thein Zaw, the parliament’s pointman for the ongoing peace process met and talked with Wa and Mongla leaders on Wednesday, 23 October, according to sources from the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) that is based in Mongla, where China, Burma and Laos meet.

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Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) by the Burma Army’s Central Eastern Commander that government troops would be withdrawn from contested SSPP/SSA areas, troop reinforcements are still being sent into the area.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

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