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.
The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy says it is attempting to broker peace talks between the RCSS and SSPP, whose latest clashes have killed and wounded civilians.
Mar Lut was attempting to flee fighting between RCSS and joint TNLA/SSPP force
The meetings are part of a series of informal discussions being held this weekend in an effort to move the struggling peace process forward.
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The RCSS says the military has warned ethnic Shan in northern Shan State of arrest under the Unlawful Associations Act if they make contact with the armed group.
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The RCSS says it will stop attending some meetings of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee after claiming the body was not following the rules.
Ethnic group says it will not let Tatmadaw use peace process to force one-sided disarmament
RCSS denies detaining missing troops, says they probably deserted their posts