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.