Fighting Reported Between Govt and Arakan Army

Soldiers from the Arakan Army have reportedly clashed with government troops in western Burma. (Photo: Facebook / Arakan Information Department)

Soldiers from the Arakan Army have reportedly clashed with government troops in western Burma. (Photo: Facebook / Arakan Information Department)

RANGOON — Fighting broke out on Sunday between government troops and the Arakan Army in western Burma, in what is believed to be the first time in a decade that ethnic Arakanese armed rebels in the region have come to blows with the Burma Army.

The Arakan Army is largely based in Laiza, Kachin State, where the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is headquartered, but ethnic rebel soldiers from the group have begun returning to Arakan State in recent months. A report from the Arakan Information Department, which disseminates information about the Arakan Army on Facebook, said two Burma Army soldiers were killed and two were detained near Kyauktaw Township in the weekend fighting, during which the department said Burma Army guns and ammunition were also seized.

The fighting began at 3 am and continued until 7:30 am on Sunday, the report said, adding that the Arakan Army had suffered no casualties.

The Arakan Army formed in 2008 and has been active in Laiza, where it trains with the KIA. Most recently, the Arakanese armed group has been in the news since claiming its involvement in ongoing hostilities in northeast Burma that have primarily pitted the government against ethnic Kokang rebels.

Arakanese armed rebel forces belong to one of two groups, the other known as the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), which last clashed with the Burma Army about 10 years ago and signed a ceasefire with the government in 2012. The ALP has participated in ongoing peace negotiations as a member of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

The Arakan Army is also considered part of the NCCT by other ethnic rebel groups, but the government does not recognize its claim to membership.

A statement from the NCCT on Saturday said the group was concerned that ongoing hostilities between the Burma Army and a handful of ethnic armed groups was undermining the country’s stalled peace process.

The statement asked for the government’s “tolerance” and “cooperation” in working to resolve Burma’s long-running ethnic conflicts, saying: “While having negotiations to reduce fighting in northern Shan and Kachin [states], there is ongoing fighting, in which ground forces and the Air Force were used in fighting in northern Shan. Our work will be in vain, and it is sad to see that there is ongoing fighting there. Peace—expected by people in Burma and also internationally—will be far away by doing this.”

The statement was issued just one day after Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing said in a speech on Armed Forces Day that “in the implementation of a ceasefire and the peace process, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration [of ethnic armed groups] is essential.”

The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) term has been a contentious sticking point in peace negotiations, with ethnic groups preferring to address the issue as a matter of security sector reform (SSR). One of the essential unanswered questions in ongoing peace negotiations is the fate of the tens of thousands of rebel soldiers serving more than a dozen ethnic armed groups across Burma.

Peace talks are due to reconvene on Monday after a one-week pause, with the government speaking positively about prospects for a long-sought nationwide ceasefire agreement, while some ethnic leaders have expressed doubt about the ability of negotiators to bridge remaining differences.

6 Responses to Fighting Reported Between Govt and Arakan Army

  1. Obama is no Bama, but he wanted to razzmatazz for Aung San´s daughter in the elections year with ethnical conflicts, following armed clashes and following journalistically driven hatred, which should dominate all the news from Myanmar into the world…in combination with a new color revolution, which now is the “White Revolution” with rulebook slowdown to make all economically gained success to mud in the monsoon season. The run for “better education” with a few dozens of students (mainly 88ers) from Mandaday to Yangon was the medial overture for another round of that fascistically implemented revolutions against Myanmar, which all are planed by CIA and the old “friend of Burma”, who expelled my family Konbaung from Amarapoora in 1885. In history books my great great grandmother and lesser Queen Suphayar Gyi had no children. Some say, she was lesbian. But she had two hidden children, because her sister would have killed her and the two girls, if she had known. I was trained in the 1980s to build up the agricultural sector and gardening after the since 1982 planned 1990 fascistic takeover through Britain with the 88ers under Aung Sans daughter. In 1990 NATO wanted to kill me, because I did not work with them in that manner, they wanted me to follow their plans. I know NATO´s “Zarganar”-plans against China in a Third World War, which shall begin in Myanmar in 2016 after a missile attack against the Shwedagon pagoda, which my great great great grandfather Mindon Min had gilt. NATO gave me the pledge to give me 25% of the gold value from the roof and all around at Shwedagon pagoda. The Zarganarplan means to take far east of Russia and Myanmar fast. And so Obama made a second visit to India, after Putin was there, to promise India whole lotta weapons. Diego Garcia is needed to destroy Naypyitaw and neighbouring Yezin with B2 bombers. But the first shot onto Shwedagon would come from a new German-Israeli submarine of the Dolphin class, because a cruise missile from there is not expected…and a warship of the US would be detected easily. The complete takeover of south eastern Asia was planned for 2017. The attack against Myanmar on Marthyr´s Day 2016. Yes, easy to think for all fascists: 8+8=16 and 19. plus 07. added makes 26…2+6=8 To get the fourth 8, I think that it will be at 8 AM

  2. Poor guy…. aliens are coming soon to take over Burma!

  3. Hope, long before the aliens come, Myanmar will crack and burst with the pressure from within – the signs are already in the air and 2015 – 2016 is a, well, doomsday year for her.

  4. How will be the answer from Aye Maung who is the ANP party leader now? Does he wants to declare New Arakan Kingdom for the sake of peoples of Awakyunt, the place their forefather had run away from Arakan at the time of Bodawphayar invaded Arakan? Who establish ALP & Arakan Army? Can there be two armies exist in Myanmar? The answer to give by President Thein Sein

    The Dream of U Sein Dar a communist Monk of 20th century is now on way to establish by all Awakyunt Arakenese ( Rakhine Buddhists of Bangladeshi nationals ). Those are doing mining at Phakhant are Awakunt Rakhine and give support to Arakan Army, buying weapons from China getting arms training from KIA, is it good for all Buddhist peoples of Burma. Why not nationalist monk U Wirathu speaks for it?

    There must be one army and only one. All must be one banner no two banners.

  5. we will build new country with our Rakhine state .

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