Peace Center seeks solution to DKBA’s clashes with border guard forces

credit EMG 15.MAY 2013

Possible ways to solve the clashes that had broken out between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and Border Guard Force (BGF) under the Ministry of Defense is to raise the case with the Union Peacemaking Committee, Aung Naing Oo of Myanmar Peace Center said.

Clashes of three days between the DKBA and the BGF broke out in the last week of April. To examine these clashes, Dr. Min Zaw Oo of Ceasefire of Myanmar Peace Center and Aung Naing Oo of Peace dialogue held meeting with representatives from the DKBA and the BGF at Myawady on May 11.

“We asked the area commanders of the DKBA and the BGF over the prevailing latest situation. We urged them to avoid clashes in the future. But sometimes misunderstanding can crop up at the grass-root level. It is necessary to handle the situation with great care,” Aung Naing Oo said.

“Everyone wants to address the situation. We will have to help to hold peace dialogue. I will present the reports on ways and means to settle the situation to the committee,” he added.

On April 27 and 28, the clashes between the BGF and the DKBA broke out. Under the pretext of Hatkyi dam, the army informed the DKBA troops to move from there, thus leading to the tension between them.

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soldiers carrying an injured man after clashes broke out between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and Border Guard Force (BGF) under the Ministry of Defense

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