The RCSS is demanding the release of 31 fighters is says the Myanmar military mistakenly detained as suspected drug traffickers so that peace talks can get back on track.
Trust between ethnic groups is breaking down, monasteries have become IPD camps and people are being forced to join ethnic armies.
Two Ta’ang groups say armed men in photos found on a memory card left in Mann Lee village have been identified as RCSS members
Delegates at a meeting of the 10 signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement say the bloc of ethnic armed groups is likely to see changes to its chairman and vice chairman.
The missing ethnic Ta’ang have not been seen since fighting engulfed Mann Lee Village in Namtu Township on March 1.
The military says RCSS members seized equipment travelling with two commanders while collecting money from motorists in eastern Shan State on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to see fighting. I want to live a peaceful life. I am not afraid of soldiers, but I am afraid of guns,” said Daw Khin Mar Swe, the headmistress of Nanpyin Villa
Shan armed group asks residents of Namtu Township to pay 25,000 kyats per household
Second petition this month urges SSPP, RCSS to end armed territorial dispute in Hsipaw Township
U Zaw Htay says AA ‘not excluded’ from peace process; gov’t is prioritizing assistance to IDPs in Rakhine
Following threats made by the RCSS, an armed group currently in combat in the area with the PNLO, nearly 500 locals have fled their villages in fear for their safety.
The SSPP's vice chairman says his group wants to settle its fight with the RCSS in Shan State peacefully and that the military's four-month ceasefire is not likely to achieve much.
More than 600 people have fled their homes in Hsipaw Township since Monday to escape fighting between the RCSS and SSPP, according to a volunteer aid worker.
The RCSS says one of its soldiers involved in a shooting on Tuesday in southern Shan State that left at least four ethnic Pa-O people dead died from his own wounds two days later.
Ethnic affairs reporter Lawi Weng writes that the RCSS have their sights set on moving north for improved border trade, a stronger armed force and, preferably, no TLNA rivalry.