Burma Army and KIA clash in Mabein township

At least three government soldiers were injured in two mine attacks by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on Wednesday morning, after Burmese troops attempted to invade KIA territory in Shan state’s Nam Hkam township. Burma Army troops have since retreated from KIA-controlled Man Sawn and have returned to their base in nearby Nam Hkam.

The incident follows a 20 minute bout of fighting between the two armies on Tuesday evening, caused by a Burma Army attack on KIA battalion 12 in nearby Nam Hawm village in Mabein township. KIA officials have reported a steep increase in the deployment of Burmese troops to northern Shan state since early October.

Major military clashes between the Burma Army and the KIA have largely subsided since the two parties signed a 7-point agreement in Myitkyina on 30 May, though intermittent conflict is still ongoing in several territories. The conflict has displaced approximately 100,000 civilians since the government broke a 17-year ceasefire with the KIA in June 2011.

In the latest of several rounds of peace talks held on 8-10 October, the KIO rejected a fresh ceasefire pact with Naypyidaw pending political settlement between the two parties. While no ceasefire was signed, the two sides did agree to form a “Joint Monitoring Committee” to reduce conflict in Kachin and Shan states, though the plan has not yet been implemented.



16.OCTOBER 2013

Fighting broke out between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Mabein township of northern Shan state around 5pm on Tuesday evening, five days after the latest round of peace talks in Kachin state capital Myitkyina, said KIA officials.

Burma Army Light Infantry Division No. 99 attacked KIA battalion 12 at Nam Hawm near Je U village when KIA forces refused to leave a road, said Labang Doi Pyi Sa, head of Kachin Refugee and IDP Relief Committee.
The fighting continued for 20 minutes, at which point the government troops withdrew from the conflict site, according to a KIA officer who wished to remain anonymous.

No casualties have been reported from either side. Continue reading “Burma Army and KIA clash in Mabein township”

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Myanmar-Burma Army,Tatmadaw tries to force NMSP off another base

Min Thu Ta and Nai Marm – Only four days after the New Mon State Party (NMSP) was forced by the Tatmadaw (Burma army) to abandon its Yeethakon base, government troops tried to make NMSP soldiers leave another base on Oct. 12

After about 100 government soldiers led by Col. Aung Min arrived at the Japan Mountain base, a standoff ensued with NMSP soldiers, both sides with their guns drawn, said Nai Hong Gakao, who is the NMSP Thanbyuzayat township secretary.

The Yeethakon base where the NMSP were forced to abandon. (photo IMNA)
The Yeethakon base where the NMSP were forced to abandon. (photo IMNA)

Banyar Dute, a NMSP battalion commander for Thanbyuzayat Township, explained to Col. Aung Min from the Advanced Military School 4 in Weakalee village, that the government hasn’t ordered them to evacuate their base. The discussion between the two military leaders lasted for about one and half hours before the Tatmadaw finally withdrew.

“That Burma troop official said that no Mon units are allowed. I replied that there is no such an order given to us yet to leave the base,” Banyar Dute said.

“The Burma troops are just looking for problems with us, with no reasons. And, they are just trying to break the ceasefire agreement,” said Nai Hong Gakao, adding that the Mon armed group isn’t in conflict with the government.

A ceasefire with the national government was inked on February 2012.

Nai Htaw, a NMSP soldier that was at the base when the standoff occurred, described it as tense.

“Our side starts to fire first, or their side starts to fire first. Each side just waits for an order to fire. Because we refused to leave the base, tension between both sides become high. Finally they gave up and left. But we have to stay alert, and keep an eye on (the situation),” he said.

Ironically some of the same soldiers from the Yeethakon base were redeployed to Japan Mountain base that is only about a mile away after government troops forced them off just days before.

Following the 1995 ceasefire, the Japan Mountain base started with permission from the previous ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).

In July, the Tatmadaw attacked a NMSP base in Thuminkalan village in Tenessarim Division killing two Mon soldiers and torching the base. They also kidnapped two NMSP soldiers and another member married to one of the soldiers. No reasons were given for the kidnappings, but they are still in custody at the Kawthaung prison.



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