Lt-Gen Yawdserk, Chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), says he wants to step down


Lt-Gen Yawdserk, Chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), during the 5 day annual meeting of its Central Committee which concluded yesterday, 13 January, had expressed his desire to step down from his 18 year long leadership.

Calling from his Loi Taileng base in Shan State’s Mongpan township, opposite Thailand’s Maehongson province, on Saturday, he told SHAN of his announcement made at the meeting.

“I made it clear that did not mean I would retire from the national cause and the movement,” he said. “But I would like to be sure that the cause will be able to move forward without me at the helm. For this purpose, I would be happy to serve as a counsel to the new leader.”

The RCSS/SSA has two vice chairmen: Maj Gen Sai Yi (57) and Col Kherh Ngeun (62). Its secretary general is Lt-Col Siri (61). Yawdserk is 55. All of them joined the resistance in the 1970s.

“A commission will be formed to elect the new chairperson,” he added.

The statement that was released this morning, dated 13 January, however, did not mention about the election commission, but said a new 4 year Congress will be held to elect a new chairperson. It did not include time and venue for the purpose.

The statement also mentions that a 10 point position on the planned nationwide ceasefire had been approved at the meeting. There were no details.

The RCSS/SSA is one of the 14 ethnic armed organizations that have concluded a state-level ceasefire with Naypyitaw. Yawdserk reportedly enjoys close relationship with the government’s key negotiator U Aung Min.


Former commanders-in-chief of the Army, Air Force and Navy(ลงชื่อ) called on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down

อดีต ผบ. เหล่าทัพฯ ขอให้ ผบ.เหล่าทัพฯ เรียกร้องให้รัฐบาลลาออกจากรักษาการณ์ เพื่อให้ภาคเอกชน ข้าราชการ นักวิชาการ และประชาชน จัดการปฏิรูปประเทศ

พล.อ.อ. กันต์ พิมานทิพย์ (อดีต ผบ.ทหารอากาศ)
พล.อ. วิมล วงศ์วานิช (อดีต ผบ.ทหารบก)
พล.ร.อ. วิเชษฐ การุณยวนิช (อดีต ผบ.ทหารเรือ)

THAI PBS —-Former commanders-in-chief of the Army, Air Force and Navy today called on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down to pave the way for peaceful reform of the country as called for by the people.

The retired commanders-in-chief also called on the current top military brass to come out and stand by the side of the Monarch and of the people immediately to prevent bloodshed  before the rising political tension is kept out of hand.

The strong issuance of the announcement of the former commander-in-chief  of the Air Force ACM Gun Pimarnthip, former commander-in-chief of the Army Gen Wimol Wongwanich, and former commander-in-chief of the Navy Admiral Viches Karunyavanich  came as the permanent secretary for Defense Gen Nipat Thonglek claimed at the government-sponsored reform forum yesterday that the Armed Forces and commanders-in-chief of the Air Force, Army and Navy back the February 2 general election.

In the letter to the permanent secretary for defense, commanders-in-chief of the three armed forces, the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, the former military top brass who  said they represented a group of  retired military officers who have loyalty to the Monarch and adhere to  constitutional democracy called on all commanders-in-chief  of the armed forces to act and enable the reform of the country as called  for by the people peacefully.

They said that the current political situation was unusual following the declaration by the Administration and the Legislative powers to reject the ruling of the Constitutional Court .

Such rejection of the judicial power brought about widespread confusion and political disturbances among the Thai people, and also led to violation of the Monarch on several occasions without stringent measures and actions by the government  and relevant government agencies to stop such acts. As a consequence, they said, this led to the uprising of the people  of several millions  to protest the government. Such the deteriorating situation caused concern that it could lead to violence.

The retired top military brass who are loyal to the Monarch under the constitutional democracy agreed that it was timely now for the current commanders-in-chief who are the King’s   and the people’s soldiers to come out to announce their stance to be on the side of the people.

They then called on prime minister, all cabinet ministers to step down from caretaker role, so that the private sector, government  officials, academics and the people to proceed the reform of the country and bring the country out of the current crisis.

They said that the military has no need to stage a coup but they need to make their stance known to the public that they are on the side of the people.

At the end of the letter, the former commanders-in-chief  of the three armed forces urged the current commanders-in-chief to act immediately before the deteriorating situation leads to bloodshed.