#SSPP/SSA #ဌာနခ်ဳပ္အား #အစိုးရတပ္မေတာ္ #ဒုတိယ #အႀကိမ္တိုက္ခိုက္ သၽွမ္းသံေတာ္ဆင့္

SSPP/SSA ဌာနခ်ဳပ္အား အစိုးရတပ္မေတာ္ ဒုတိယ အႀကိမ္တိုက္ခိုက္
သၽွမ္းသံေတာ္ဆင့္
ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၁၉ ရက္ ၂၀၁၅
သၽွမ္းျပည္ေတာင္ပိုင္း ေက်းသီးၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ဝမ့္ဟိုင္း အေျခစိုက္ သၽွမ္းျပည္ တပ္မေတာ္ SSPP/SSA ဌာနခ်ဳပ္အား အစိုးရတပ္မေတာ္မွ ယမန္ေန႔က ဒုတိယအႀကိမ္ လက္နက္ ႀကီးျဖင့္ ပစ္ခတ္တိုက္ခိုက္သည္ဟု သိရသည္။
သၽွမ္းျပည္တိုးတက္ေရးပါတီ သၽွမ္းျပည္တပ္မေတာ္ ဝမ့္ဟိုင္းဌာနခ်ဳပ္အား ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ အပတ္က တႀကိမ္၊ ယေန႔ ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၁၉ ရက္ ၂၀၁၅ ခု နံနက္ တနာရီ ထိုးခါနီး အခ်ိန္တြင္ လြယ္က်ဴေမာက္ေခါဝ္ မွ လက္နက္ႀကီးျဖင့္ တိုက္ခိုက္သည္ဟု ဆိုသည္။
“သူတို႔ ပစ္တဲ့ လက္နက္ႀကီးေတြက ဝမ့္ဟိုင္းရြာဦး ဆီဆိုင္နားလာက်တယ္။ အေၾကာင္း မရွိ အေၾကာင္းရွာ တိုက္ခိုက္ေနတယ္။ တက္လာသမၽွ တိုက္ခိုက္ေခ် မွုန္းရမွာဘဲ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ သူတို႔ကို သြားၿပီးရန္ရွာတာ မဟုတ္ဘူး။ နိုင္ထက္စီးနင္းျပဳၿပီး က်ေနာ္တို႔ တပ္စခန္းကို တခုၿပီးတခုလိုက္တိုက္ေနတာ တပ္မေတာ္ ဘက္ကဘဲ”- ဟု ေျပာခြင့္ရ ဗိုလ္မွူးႀကီး စိုင္းလ ကေျပာသည္။
အစိုးရတပ္မေတာ္ထိုးစစ္ဆင္မွုေၾကာင့္ မိုင္းရွူးၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ဟိုင္းပါဘုန္းေ တာ္ႀကီးေက်ာင္း ၌ လူဦးေရ တေထာင္ေက်ာ္၊ ဝမ့္ေဆာ့ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု၌ လူဦးေရတေထာင္ေက်ာ္၊ ေတာ ေတာင္အတြင္း၊ မိုင္းရွူးၿမိဳ႕ ေပၚ ၾကဳံရာအမ်ိဳးအိမ္၌ ခိုလွုံေနသူမ်ား အားလုံးေပါင္းပါက စစ္ေဘးစစ္ဒဏ္ ခံေနရသူေပါင္း သုံးေထာင္ေက်ာ္ရွိၿပီျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ဒုကၡသည္အေရး ကူညီ ေပးေနသည့္ စိုင္းဇြမ္ ကေျပာသည္။
ထို႔အတူ ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၁၈ ရက္ေန႔ ရက္စြဲျဖင့္ အစိုးရတပ္မေတာ္ ထိုးစစ္ဆင္ တိုက္ ဆင္မွုအား တရားေသာစစ္ျဖင့္ မိမိကိုယ္မိမိ ခုခံကာကြယ္သြားမည္ဟု သၽွမ္းျပည္ တပ္မ ေတာ္ SSPP/SSA မွ ထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကျငာထားသည္။
သၽွမ္းျပည္တပ္မေတာ္သည္ ျပည္နယ္အဆင့္ ျပည္ေထာင္စုအဆင့္ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး တည္ေဆာက္ထားသည့္ သၽွမ္းလက္နက္ကိုင္တပ္ဖြဲ႕တဖြဲ႕ျဖစ္သည္။

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#Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) #fought #against #Burma #Army for #two #days #STATEMENT #TWO

Update on Situation in Ta’ang Region
February 3, 2015

As Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) suffered heavy casualty, 3 jet fighters came in as reinforcement to support the offensive.

Battles taking place near Mogoke Town and Pateela village started at 0945 hours, and went on well after dusk. As Myanmar side suffered heavy casualty, 3 helicopter gunships came in at about 1800 hours, as a reinforcement. At the same time 3 jet fighters came in and parked on the
airstrip at Momeik to assist.

Moreover, troops from units based at Mogoke, Momeik and the foothill of Mandalay Hill came to assist in the battles.

News and Information Department
PSLF/TNLA
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3rd February, Breaking News

A battle took place near Pantila village in Migoke Township, Ta’ang Region between the TNLA and Myanmar Army troops, starting from 0945 hours until the time of this report.

Update: Myanmar aircraft attacked also on Hsainglein and Shwe Nyaungbin villages.

Reinforcements of over 300 Myanmar troops from Momeik-Molon side and over 300 from Momeik- Khunka side marched towards the area where a battle was taking place.

News and Information Department
PSLF/TNLA
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February 2, 2015

Troops from Battalion-717, under TNLA Brigade-2, and Myanmar troops from IB-223 clashed near Shwe Nyaungbin and Shwe Thaya villages in Momeik Township, from 0840 hours to
1700 hours.

In the clash, not less than 9 Myanmar troops were killed and one killed on the TNLA side.

News and Information Department
PSLF/TNLA
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February 1, 2015

More fierce battles between TNLA and Myanmar troops – A battle took place on Namtsan-Panlon highway between troops from Battalion-773, under TNLA Brigade-3, and Myanmar troops fromDivision77.Two were killed on Myanmar side and no casualty
on TNLA side.

News and Information Department
PSLF/TNLA

4th Feb, 2015
1) Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) fought against Burma Army for two days while TNLA was on an opium-eradication mission on the border between Mogoke and Mongmit townships on Feb 2 and Feb 3, 2015.Because of the clash 2 students and 3 villagers were seriously wounded, and more than 2000 from five Ta’ang villages, and other Lishaw and Chinese villages fled to the mountainous areas near the towns.
2) Because of that fighting, some ethnic villages near the battle have been totally abandoned and the schools in them are now closed. So the government must try to ensure that these schools are reopened because just a few days are left for students to study and sit the final exam and the ongoing fighting will be threatening their education. Given that, the government must stop the offensive targeting civilians and take responsibility for the 2 wounded students.
3) More than 1000 government soldiers from bases in Mogoke and Mongmit and Mandalay Hill, as well as 2 gunships and 1 fighter jets are now used in the offensive and there have been heavy causalities on both sides.
4) We denounce the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by Burma Army because it violates the Geneva Conventions that prohibit against utilizing armed helicopters, heavy weapons such as artillery, and excessive manpower and firepower.
5) Such kind of using excessive force is all the more inappropriate in the current situation , when President Thein Sein has publicly shown willingness to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement on Feb 12 , 2015. So we, Ta’ang Women Organization and Ta’and Student and Youth Union, condemn the use of heavy military power such as armed helicopters during large-scale offensives that prevent the signing of ceasefire agreement and peace process.
6) So we demand the following
• The government stop immediately and absolutely the full-scale offensive
• The government stops immediately and absolutely the use of fighter jets, gunships, and rockets during civil war with ethnic groups.
• The government cooperates with the public in eradication of opium and other narcotics
as a national priority
• The government take responsibility of the welfare, education and resettlement of the war refugees
Ta’ang Women Organization – TWO
Ta’ang Students and Youth Union-TSYU
Contacts:
1. DD Poe Kyein (TWO) 09-6718218
2. Lway Poe Kyein Kee (TWO) 09-252325799
3. Mai Myo Aung (TSYU) 09-91051695
4. Mai Thein Zaw (TSYU) 09-47214717

TWO & TSYU’s Joint Statement on Stop the brutal offensive in English

#BURMA #MYANMAR #Government #troop #will #fight #UWSA

A mass of military trucks loaded with arms and troops headed from Murngton to Nar Gaung Mu region where the direction was to UWSA (United WA State Army), yesterday. There were Government LIB 65, 225 and IB 519 and 227 on activities, except Artillery Battalion 113.

“Those were the precursor signs of war because UWSA didn’t listen to the order from the Union Government or the Military to shoot SSPP/SSA before. And they wouldn’t do now so the government have to get rid of them.” Murngton local said to our correspondent.

SSPP/SSA had also been ordered to remove from those regions last 14 this month, and the tension between the government and KIA was growing in this month. CR. TAIFREEDOM

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#BURMA #MYANMAR #BATTLE #TNLA #BAT #478 #GOVERNMENT #ARMY #BRIG #88

Three hours long fighting, 19:15pm to 21:50 pm, broke out because the reinforcement of Burmese government was encroaching on their area, on October 17. The battalion 112 of TNLA plus battalion 478 had to stop Brigade 88 of the government from their advance.

It took place at Sa Khan Thit hill, Loi Sar, Nam Seri and Kung Khe hill, situated alongside a 13 miles road (which is the high way between Namphatkar to Namkham) in the south of Namkham township.

The battle started before that day as the government troop had launched an offensive on the united troops of KIA, TLNA, MNDAA around Murng Ngae region, Kotkhai town. cr. tai freedom

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#myanmar #Burmese #Military fight #SSPP/ #SSA

28/6/57The battle occurred yesterday 1 furlong away from the south of Wan Loi Kor village and 8 furlongs north of Wan Pa Swan village and lasted 11:30 am to 13:40 pm. It had happened when the Burmese troops from LBI (247) marched to Wan Warb village and encamped there.

Later on, Burmese LBI (247) continued to Wan Pa Swan where it was near the at SSPP battalion’s territory. They had trespassed on SSPP’s area nearer on June 26, and at that time they were waiting for reinforcement from LBI (246) – which was also encamped near Wan Warb village.

Then, SSPP was encircled and fired at fiercely with MA-7, 60 mm and machine‑gun and they also fought back strongly till dawn.

The fighting also happened when the both sides of the troop met in the forest near Wan Pa Swan, and it caused 8 Burmese soldiers dead and one from SSPP has been hurt on June 27.

SSPP/SSA deescalated the fight today, according to the headquarters’ order and in order stop expansion in the area. cr, taifreedom

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#THAILAND #smuggling of #migrant #workers #Gen Prayuth

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will move urgently to suppress influential groups engaging in smuggling of migrant workers and the demanding of payment from them in exchange for working in Thailand, said army chief and NCPO leader Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

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FOR DETERMINING MIGRANTS OF UNCLEAR ORIGIN SUCH AS THE “ROHINGYAS”
Gen Prayuth said during his pre-recorded weekly address telecast late on Friday that intelligence reports which he had obtained showed that influential groups demanded about Bt20,000 from each migrant worker originating from Thailand’s neighbouring countries.

After entering Thailand, each worker was have to pay between Bt8,000 to 10,000 to the influential groups, he said, adding that migrant workers woulf have to pay a fee in accordance to the law if they wished to register themselves and have legal worker status.

Those migrant workers who have not registered are all considered illegal and will not be entitled to receive welfare if they are taken advantages of by their employers, he said.

Violations of human rights have tarnished Thailand’s image in the eyes of the international community, and the problem has affected business entrepreneurs having prevailed in Thailand for a number of years in the past, Gen Prayuth stressed.

It is necessary for NCPO to step in and “lay out regulations” in order to ensure that migrant workers receive proper welfare and also to “prevent influential groups or employers from taking advantages of workers,” said Gen Prayuth.

This will help prevent abuses of human rights or using of child labour, he said.

Smuggling of migrant workers into Thailand has prevented the state from controlling problems including crimes, diseases, human trafficking and child labour, he said.

Several Thai governments in the past had made efforts in solving the problem, but the “situation had not improved.”

Gen Prayuth’s comments were made only hours before the United States issued its annual Trafficking in Persons report in which Washington downgraded Thailand to “Tier 3” after naming it on the Tier 2 warning list, and recommended the government take action.

“Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking,” said the report regarding Thailand.

Also, more than 100,000 migrant workers, mostly from Cambodia and Vietnam, have decided to return to their home countries following rumours that the NCPO would take legal action against them. NCPO has denied these rumours. (MCOT

BURMA MYANMAR : ကခ်င္ျပည္ေတာင္ပိုုင္း တိုုက္ပြဲျပန္ျဖစ္၊ ဘဇူကာ(၁)လက္၊ === ရိကၡာကား (၁) စီး KIA,မွ သိမ္းဆည္း

ကခ်င္ျပည္ေတာင္ပိုုင္း တိုုက္ပြဲျပန္ျဖစ္၊ ဘဇူကာ(၁)လက္၊
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ရိကၡာကား (၁) စီး KIA,မွ သိမ္းဆည္း
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(KNG)
ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္ ေတာင္ပိုုင္းတြင္ ျမန္မာအစိုုးရတပ္မေတာ္ႏွင့္ ကခ်င္လြတ္လပ္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္ (KIA) တိုု႔တိုုက္ပြဲ ျဖစ္ပြားရာ ရိကၡာကား ၁ စင္းႏွင့္ က်ည္လက္နက္မ်ား သိမ္းဆည္းရမိေၾကာင္း KIA က ေျပာသည္။

ဗန္းေမာ္ခရုိင္ မန္စီျမိဳ႕နယ္ မုုန္းဒိန္ပါရြာတြင္ ယမန္ေန႔ ၆ ရက္ တနလၤာေန႔ ညေနတြင္ ျဖစ္ပြားသည့္ တိုုက္ပြဲတြင္ ရိကၡာကား ၁ စင္း၊ က်ည္ဆံ ၁၀၀၀ ေက်ာ္၊ ဘဇူကာ ၁ လက္၊ MA ေသနတ္ ၂ လက္ႏွင့္ ဒုတပ္ၾကပ္ ခင္ေဇာ္ဦး၊ တပ္သား ေအာင္ေက်ာ္မွဴးတို႔အား ဖမ္းဆီးႏိုင္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း KIA တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ တပ္ရင္းမွဴး ဗုိလ္မွဴး လဘန္ဂၽြန္ေအာင္က ေျပာသည္။

တပ္ရင္းမွဴး ေက်ာ္သူရ ဦးေဆာင္ေသာ ခလရ ၅၆ စစ္အင္အား ၁၀၀ ေက်ာ္သည့္ စစ္ေၾကာင္း မုန္းေခါင္စခန္းမွ မုန္းဒိန္ပါရြာသို႔ တိုးခ်ဲ႕လာစဥ္ KIA တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ ၏ မုိင္းမိေပါက္ကြဲျပီး စတင္ပစ္ခတ္လာရာမွ တနာရီခြဲၾကာေအာင္ တိုုက္ပြဲ ျဖစ္ခဲ့သည္။

အစိုးရတပ္မွ က်ဆံုးမႈမ်ားလာျပီး အစိုးရတပ္သည္ “တပ္လဲလွယ္ရန္လာေသာ တပ္ဖြဲ႔ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း လမ္းမွားျပီး ဝင္လာျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ KIA တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ အား ပစ္ခတ္ရန္ဝင္လာျခင္းမဟုတ္ေၾကာင္း” အႏူးညႊတ္ ေတာင္းပန္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္းသိရသည္။

ထိုသုိ႔ အစိုးရတပ္မွ ေတာင္းပန္ျခင္းေၾကာင့္ ညေန ၅ နာရီခြဲခ်ိန္ ခလရ ၅၆ တပ္ရင္းမွဴး ေက်ာ္သူရထံ စစ္သံုးပန္း ၂ ဦးႏွင့္ ေသနတ္ ၃ လက္ကို ျပန္လည္အပ္ႏွံခဲ့ေၾကာင္း KIA တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ ဗိုလ္မွဴး လဘန္ဂြ်န္ေအာင္ KNG ကခ်င္သတင္းဌာန သို႔ေျပာသည္။

ဗန္းေမာ္ခရိုင္ မန္စီၿမိဳ႕နယ္ တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ ရြာမ်ားတြင္ တပ္စြဲထားေသာ အစိုးရတပ္သည္ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၂၈ ရက္ ညက အပစ္အခတ္ ရပ္စဲေရး ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲ သေဘာတူညီခ်က္မ်ား အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္သည့္ အေနျဖင့္ တပ္ဆုတ္သြားေသာ္လည္း ဇန္န၀ါရီ ၃ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ျပန္လည္ ဝင္ေရာက္လာျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

မုန္းဒိန္ပါရြာရွိ အစိုးရစစ္ေၾကာင္းသည္ ၂ ရက္ ၃ ရက္အၾကာတြင္ ျပန္လည္ဆုတ္ခြာမည္ဟု KIA တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ အား ေျပာခဲ့ေသာ္လည္း ယခုခ်ိန္ထိ ဆုတ္ခြာျခင္းမရွိေသးသည့္အတြက္ တိုက္ပြဲမ်ား ဆက္လက္ျဖစ္ပြားလာ ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း KIA တပ္ရင္း ၁၂ မွ ေျပာသည္။

တိုုက္ပြဲႏွင့္ ပါတ္သက္ၿပီး အစိုုးရဖက္မွ တစံုုတရာ ထုုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာျခင္း မရွိေသးပါ။

 KIA

MYANMAR: mass exodus from refugee camp

The Burma Army soldiers (pictured here at Nam Lim Pa village) are currently occupying both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP camp

The Burma Army soldiers (pictured here at Nam Lim Pa village) are currently occupying both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP camp
The Burma Army soldiers (pictured here at Nam Lim Pa village) are currently occupying both Nam Lim Pa village and Nam Lim Pa IDP camp

BHAMO—Fighting between government troops and KIA forces erupted near Namt Lin Par refugee camp on Sunday, causing refugees to flee from the camp, sources say.

The refugees ran away from the camp to Mansi Kyi, some two days’ walking distance from the camp, after news that fighting would start at 10 p.m. reached the camp. The fighting lasted until 11 a.m. on Monday, and all was quiet by mid-day.

When government troops entered Ma Khaw Yan, Mone Dane Par and Kaung Jwar villages during the second week of October, locals ran away to Namt Lin Par village and Bhamo. The villagers from Namt Lin Par village had to flee to the Namt Lin Par refugee camp due to the government troops entering the village.

“The refugee groups that arrived today are from Ma Kyaing, Namt Lin Par and Kaung Lwin. We had about 1,000 refugees at first and now there are more than 2,000 refugees,” an in-charge of the refugee camp said.

Due to the renewal of hostilities on October 22, more than 2,000 refugees fled to Bhamo. Now there are more than 4,000 refugees in Mansi and Bhamo as a result of the increasing numbers who have fled the fighting, according to the Kachin Baptist Church (KBC).

၂၀၁၅ မွာ လက္ရွိသမၼတ ဦးသိန္းစိန္ ဝင္ေရာက္ အေ႐ြးခ်ယ္ခံမွာ မဟုတ္ေတာ့ဘူးလို႔

၂၀၁၅ မွာ လက္ရွိသမၼတ ဦးသိန္းစိန္
ဝင္ေရာက္ အေ႐ြးခ်ယ္ခံမွာ မဟုတ္ေတာ့ဘူးလို႔
မီဒီယာေတြကို သူရ ဦးေရႊမန္းတစ္ေယာက္
အတည္ေပါက္နဲ႔ ေျပာလိုက္တာေၾကာင့္
ဦးသိန္းစိန္ခမ်ာ မ်က္လံုးျပဴး ၊ မ်က္ဆံျပဴး ျဖစ္ကာ
သမၼတရဲ႕ ေျပာေရးဆိုခြင့္ရွိသူ ဦးရဲထြဋ္ ကို
ဗိုလ္ေရႊမန္: ေျပာတာ မမွန္တဲ့အေၾကာင္း ျပန္ၿပီး
သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ခိုင္းတာ ေတြ႕ရတယ္။

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Government soldiers kill 2 NMSP soldiers during unprovoked attack

Min Thu Tha – MON NEWS 18.JULY 2013

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The government  Light Infantry Battalion  (LIB) 581 opened fire killing 2 Mon soldiers after intruding into New Mon State Party (NMSP) controlled territory on July 16.

 

LIB 581 entered Thu Ma Kha Lan village, in Mergui District, Tenasserim Division at about 10.00 am. A firefight broke out ending with 2 NMSP soldiers being killed. The government soldiers confiscated their weapons and ammunition, said Captain Tha Maw Chan, the commanding officer of the Mergui District battalion.

“Our men went back to village to have a meal and take a short break. Two men were left behind to patrol. They [LIB 581] opened fire at them. There was about 10 minutes of gunfire exchanged before our soldiers were killed.”

The Burma army took advantage of the fact that most of the Mon soldiers were not in the village base, according to Captain Tha Maw Chan.

“When our men arrive at spot where the fighting happened the Tatmadaw (gov’t army) had already withdraw. After searching the area we found 4 hats that had been left by the soldiers.”The cause for the attack is still unknown. The NMSP soldiers based in the area had good relations with LIB 581 that was under the leadership of Captain Nay Myo, according to Captain Tha Maw Chan. The area where the fighting happened is only about 3 miles from the Thai border.

 

Even NMSP’s central committee had no explanation for the unprovoked attack.

“We don’t know the reason yet why they fired at us like this. But during the funeral ceremony of NMSP’s late Vice-chairman Nai Rotsa the Tatmadaw didn’t allow our men to use the Ye to Thanbyuzayat highway,” said an unidentified member of NMSP’s central committee.

NMSP asked for permission from the Burma army’s tactical command headquarters Sa Ka Kha 19 for visiting Tavoy [District] members to travel the highway for the funeral in late May. But the Ye Town based army headquarters refused. They told them the road is owned by the Union of Burma, therefore only the Tatmadaw could use it.

The NMSP inked a preliminary ceasefire with the central government on Feb. 25 of last year at the Stand Hotel in Mon State capital of Moulmein. The NMSP delegation led by the late vice-chairman Nai Rotsa met with the government’s chief peace negotiator U Aung Min.

The NMSP threatened to end the ceasefire if a meeting involving political talks with all the ceasefire groups didn’t take place by the end of 2012, according to party secretary Nai Hang Thar. A meeting with the government that was scheduled for Dec. 31 failed to happen.

To this day the government hasn’t met with all the ceasefire groups at once to discuss political matters.

The recent clash was the first time NMSP fought with the Burma army in a long time. Fighting didn’t even break out in 2010 when tensions were running high after the last ceasefire broke down. The ceasefire ended after the government pushed them to become a border guard force.

 

 

 

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The Myanmar military has exchanged fire with a Mon ethnic armed group after attacking their bases near the Myanmar-Thailand border in Myeik District, Taninthari Region on July 16 resulting in three casualties, according to the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

The skirmish occurred as soldiers from the army’s coastal devision attacked Thumingalan Village where the New Mon State Party (NMSP) is based, near the southern part of Thailand. This is the first encounter between the army and the MNLA who signed a fresh ceasefire in 2012.

“The station that we locally call Paungkuu was firstly attacked by the costal army soldiers. There were casualties,” Naing Talanyi, NMSP central committee member told Eleven Media on July 17.

Two soldiers from New Mon State Party and one from the government military were killed during the ten-minute long skirmish according to Tamot Chan, the regional commander of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) – the armed wing of NMSP – who was quoted by Shwe Hintha News. The military was unable to confirm the attack.

“Their reply is they did not launch the attack. They just attacked because they thought it was the Hongsarwatoi Restoration Party (HRP),” Naing Talanyi said.

Founded in 1958, the New Mon State Party is mainly active in Mon, Kayin and Taninthari Regions, and its Mon National Liberation Army has 800 soldiers and 2,000 auxiliaries. They reached a ceasefire with the government in 1995, but the truce broke apart in 2010 when they refused to join the governments Border Guard Forces. The MNLA said it is militarily prepared to defend itself if the army should attack its bases in Myeik District.

There have been criticisms that such encounters between the army and ethnic armed groups are happening while the government is engaging in nation-wide peace talks with ethnic armed groups and could derail the fragile peace process.

NMSP is a member of United Nationalities Federal Council which represents a total of 11 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar, who are currently working with the government to establish a nation-wide ceasefire to end decades of civil war.