Tatmadaw says he collected funds for RCSS, SSPP; residents of village say he had no choice
Farmer dies while working in his field in Namtu Township; many rice fields in the area are idle this growing season as villagers fear the explosive devices.
The armed wings of the SSPP and the RCSS have agreed to lay down arms and take to the negotiation table to settle their ongoing disputes over territory.
In Namtu Township where skirmishes between rival armed groups took place in early March, three locals were killed and four were injured when an unexploded landmine detonated.
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army has accused the Myanmar military of helping the southern Shan-based armed group take new northern bases.
‘Pretty words are not enough,’ SSPP spokesman says, but adds that his group will consider the proposal; TNLA scoffs at truce idea.
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