On behalf of Kachin government, Chief of staff General Gunhtang Gam Shawng delivered a message to Kachin public at Rawt Ninghkawng hall in Laiza headquarter.
General Gam Shawng says the root cause of current arm conflicts between KIA and Burmese Army is because of unsettled political problem. Negotiations with Burmese government will be ongoing, and Kachin Army will continue to defend its territory and people. He stresses that KIA will continue to fight on until a genuine political settlement is achieved. KIO and Kachin public had suffered tremendous setbacks in politics, military, economics, and environment conditions during 17 years ceasefire period, and the lessons in the past taught us the important of achieving self-determination and credible peace agreements in dealing with Burmese government, said General Gam Shawng.
KIO’s major demand for a genuine political solution is based on Panglong agreement, a signing contract among Burma’s different ethnic groups to form a genuine federal union that guaranteed equal rights and self-determination among different ethnic nationalities.
General Gam Shawng also says that current war is inevitable to achieve a long lasting peace in Kachinland and our courage and strength will solely come from almighty God who will lead us to victory in due time.
KIO Ginjaw Kawn Mung Shawa, Dap Shawa Hpe Sang Lang Dan Ai Zuhpawng Galaw
Holding state and union level meetings both in a single day on Saturday, 28 January, in Shan State capital Taunggyi, the two sides had successfully signed two agreements by the end of the day, according to Maj Sai La, SSA North spokesman.
The first 5 point agreement (State level) includes:
- For the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army, the SSA North’s official name, members and families to be resettled around Wanhai, the SSA North’s main base
- To set up liaison offices in Taunggyi, Lashio and Kholam
- To notify each other in advance in conducting movements with arms outside one’s area
- To fix venues and time acceptable to both sides to hold union level meeting
It was signed by Col Aung Thu, Minister for Security and Border Affairs, and 4 others for the Shan State Government, and Col Khun Hseng and 4 others for the SSPP/SSA. Continue reading “Naypyitaw-SSA North agree to uphold Three Causes on the basis of Panglong”