Analysts said the junta is using the so-called peace dialogue to buy time and try and persuade ethnic armed organizations not to supply weapons to resistance forces.
CSOs based in Myanmar and abroad said the regime’s peace dialogue is a sham designed to mislead the international community.
By dealing with the junta and failing to engage the National Unity Government, UN agencies are allowing humanitarian assistance to be weaponized.
Min Aung Hlaing and Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State, are two strongmen locked in a dysfunctional relationship.
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.
The Chin National Front tells The Irrawaddy that the regime now controls only towns and some major roads.
Also this week, the coup leader offered another bizarre economic prediction, and the junta bristled as the world marked five years since the Rohingya exodus from Rakhine.
After initially focusing on defensive operations, PDF groups and ethnic armed organizations are now actively targeting junta administration offices and military bases.
Seven junta aircraft dropped cluster bombs on the Cobra Column group, led by a KNU officer, in an effort to seize back control of the Myawaddy-Waw Lay road.
In an unprecedented joint statement issued after four activists were hanged, the civilian govt, NLD and ethnic armed groups said they would unite to defeat the junta.
Regime’s failure to implement the peace plan agreed with ASEAN means it will continue to be banned from attending the bloc’s summits.
Veteran journalist Bertil Lintner talks to The Irrawaddy about China’s goals in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s future role and how the military might be defeated.
The incursion happened one day after a meeting between the coup leader and a Thai military delegation to discuss border stability.