KIA Announcement

In a bid to encourage desertion in the Burmese Army, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has welcomed willing Burmese soldiers to join the KIA, in a statement today.

“We are fighting on the front line and if some of the Burmese soldiers want to join us we will warmly welcome them,” said the statement.

The join secretary the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) the political arm of the KIA explaining the statement said, “We have in an order to all battalions said we are doing this because we should.”

A KIO officer from the front line said, “This morning we got the order that says we should treat well all Burmese soldiers, who want to desert from the Burmese Army to our side and injured Burmese soldiers would be sent away immediately from the front line.”

The six point statement said KIA was fighting for restoration of a real federal system with political means by ending the regime in Burma, said KIA.

At the same time KIA said they believe if dictatorship or military rule ends then real federalism with freedom and justice can be restored in the country.

Two former NDA-K leaders put under house-arrest in Myitkyina

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 14:13 KNG
In a stepped up offensive, the Burmese government has placed under house-arrest Zahkung Ting Ying, the National Parliament’s representative and former leader of the dissolved New Democratic Army-Kachin (NDA-K) and Waw Lau former Military Chief of Staff, in Kachin State capital Myitkyina, since early this week, said sources close to the two former NDA-K leaders.

The NDA-K was transformed to the Burmese Army-controlled Border Guard Force (BGF) in November, 2009.

On the orders of Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung of the Burma Army’s Northern Regional Command, the two former NDA-K leaders have been banned from travelling outside, said relatives.

Though the NDA-K was disso

062609-zahkung_ting_yingTing Ying, dissolved NDA-K and representative of National Parliament of Burma.


Though the NDA-K was dissoveld,the two leaders still wield considerable influence over the three BGF battalions transformed from the NDA-K, said sources close to them.

The two leaders came to an understanding with the Central Burmese government that the BGF troops will not be deployed for civil war but only to take on foreign enemies. But, now the government has reneged on the deal.  It is sending BGF troops to fight the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) at its Laiza headquarters.

June 15, Fighting began last night between the KIA and Burmese troops in two areas of KIA’s Battalion 8 and 9 in Northern Shan State

June 15, 2011- Fighting began last night between the KIA and Burmese troops in two areas of KIA’s Battalion 8 and 9 in Northern Shan State, said local KIA officers.

The two KIA battalions are under the command of the Loikang-based KIA’s Brigade 4 in Northern Shan State. Battalion 8 is based between Nam Hkam and Nam Hpak Ka towns while Battalion 9 is located in Dak Nai near Kutkai town.

The fighting in these two areas continues today, said local KIA officers