Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee raises hope progress will be made at next week’s peace talks with KIO
KIO vice chair Gen. Gun Maw denies China pressuring his group to join NCA, but says gov’t refusing to allow IDPs to go home until it signs; he urges gov’t, China to hold public
Kachin group says Tatmadaw launched an offensive against it in Muse Township despite official ceasefire.
Fears grow for their fate after escaped prisoner tells of beatings and torture; the four civilians were gathering herbs when abducted, he says.
The KIO says a recent UNODC report was wrong to claim that it controls some of the areas with the highest concentrations of opium cultivation in Myanmar.
Meanwhile, KIO says it is not bound by Tatmadaw’s four-month truce
Sun Guoxiang meets leaders of AA, KIA, other non-NCA groups in Laiza, tells them Beijing seeks border stability