Group reportedly disappointed by absence of State Counselor, Army chief at celebration in Panghsang.
Union gov’t to be represented by 8 officials including labor minister, Peace Commission vice chair and President’s Office spokesman; Tatmadaw undecided on whether it will send
Ahead of major events at the United Wa State Army’s headquarters to mark 30 years of a successful ceasefire, Lawi Weng discusses Wa’s delicate balance of power and peace.
Recent reports suggest Myanmar’s largest armed group has been acquiring sophisticated new systems from China.
Faulty wiring caused blast at illegal facility in Man Maw, a tin-mining town near Chinese border: UWSA
Under current system, Arakanese live in poverty despite Rakhine State’s wealth of resources, he says
Group shut down more than 100 churches over past four months; Lahu group seeks clarification on regulations in Wa region
The Kachin Baptist Convention says the UWSA has released more than 60 of its members detained last month in Shan State. A UWSA spokesman says he knows nothing about it.
Some 500 youths will camp in Panghsang, Shan State, for nine months during preparations for the event. Parents fear their children will be encouraged to join the armed group.
By agreeing to the demand, gov’t and Tatmadaw would set worrying precedent for other signatories, analysts point out.