State Department Counselor Derek Chollet called for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and condemned the ‘growing authoritarian partnership between Moscow and the junta’.
Fierce fighting is ongoing in Moebye Town with junta forces launching artillery and airstrikes against civilians and resistance groups.
The junta has stepped up attacks on civilian targets nationwide with Sagaing Region suffering the most.
Fierce fighting in southern Shan State resulted in junta forces pounding the town of Moebye with air and artillery strikes.
China is pushing for implementation of LMC, trade corridor and CMEC projects, and will likely focus on areas controlled by ethnic armies with which it has good ties.
Ye Myo Hein, author of a recent report on Myanmar’s armed rebellion, said the resistance needs a stronger chain of command and more weapons.
Fifteen months after the first People’s Defense Forces were formed, the NUG’s armed wing has made rapid progress and is becoming more like a professional army.
Many ethnic armed organizations are boycotting the talks with the regime in the capital Naypyitaw.
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.
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.
The regime last month awarded titles to leaders of seven of the 10 groups planning to attend talks, prompting speculation it was looking to secure their participation.
With junta forces exhausted by fighting across the country, the regime wants a ceasefire with ethnic armed organizations to allow it to focus on resistance groups.
The KNU/KNLA’s rejection comes days after another of Myanmar’s main EAOs, the KIA, refused to attend; both groups cited the talks’ failure to include all stakeholders.
The powerful ethnic army said the planned talks lack a substantive agenda and exclude key players, seen as a reference to the shadow govt and People’s Defense Force.
Min Aung Hlaing’s offer of dialogue with ethnic armed organizations is a sign he knows the junta faces an uphill battle against the resistance movement.