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UWSA to Join Census Conference in Naypyidaw

25 February 2014

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will send a delegation to Naypyidaw next Saturday to attend a conference on the upcoming national census, reports DVB. According to the UWSA’s spokesperson, Aung Myint, it will be the first time in five years that the ethnic armed group has sent representatives to the Burmese capital. “We have agreed to conduct the census in our territory and have made necessary preparations,” he said. The UWSA recently announced that it would begin the census in its territory two weeks ahead of the official March 30 start date. Shan State Special Region 2, where the UWSA is based, is thought to be home to about 450,000 people from around 14 distinct ethnic groups.