The Irrawaddy

Wa Delegate Faints Before Meeting With State Counselor, Rushed to Hospital

NAYPYITAW — The vice chairman of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Bao Yu Yi, was rushed to hospital after he fainted before a meeting with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday in Naypyitaw.

The vice chairman and his team arrived in the capital along with representatives from other ethnic armed groups on Tuesday to attend the third session of the Union Peace Conference, which is now underway.

UWSA spokesman U Nyi Rang blamed the fainting on heat stroke.

“He’s fine now but feeling tired,” he said.

Due to Bao Yu Yi’s hospitalization, UWSA’s liaison officer, Zhao Guo An, joined the meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi instead.

“The climate here is quite different from our Wa region, and the food as well,” said U Nyi Rang.

Bao Yu Yi, 65, appeared to be feeling weak on arriving in Naypyitaw and needed assistance walking at Wednesday’s opening ceremonies for the conference.