Military tensions are increasing in Rakhine State, as fears grow that informal ceasefire between AA and regime is breaking down.
Defying junta warnings, Saifuddin Abdullah met Daw Zin Mar Aung in Washington, becoming the first minister from ASEAN to engage with the parallel government.
Heavy clashes have been reported in southern Shan State with resistance groups claiming to have killed numerous regime troops.
Junta troops abducted villagers in Sagaing Region, shooting some dead and torturing and burning others alive.
District and township administrations under the group’s control in Kachin State sent letters to local officials urging them to resign or face ‘consequences’.
Ex-US envoy Scot Marciel argues that the military has left no room for real negotiation; he also says Bangkok and Washington should cooperate to help refugees.
With ASEAN split over Myanmar, China and other issues, and the US preoccupied with Ukraine, new thinking on how to cooperate is needed on both sides.
Also this week, the regime’s diplomatic spat with the UK escalated and Min Aung Hlaing resorted to old clichés about ‘foreign interference’
The Union Solidarity and Development Party will elect new leaders next month ahead of the proposed 2023 election.
The Pekon People Defense Force says it killed 15 regime troops, including a major.
The ASEAN chair and Cambodian PM again drew Myanmar people’s ire after saying those who objected to his efforts on behalf of the regime would ‘destroy’ their country.