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Conflict flares between military and SSPP/SSA in Wan Hai
Although the Shan State Progress Party and Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) abandoned its Wan Hai headquarters in southern Shan State as a gesture of peace, clashes with the Myanmar Defence Services, or Tatmadaw, continue to rage in the area. The Tatmadaw attacked the SSPP/SSA from October 15 to October 18, said Col Sai La from the SSA at about 5pm on October 18.
“They continued attacking, even though we moved out of Tasang Phu. We left Tasang Phu for Haipar this morning (October 18). Then, they attacked us at about 7am. Heavy clashes occurred between us. They used big firearms. Our attitude is that we have to defend ourselves as much as we can if they attack us, even though we were moving back,” said Col Sai La.
An SSA force of about 200 clashed with the government army on October 15 beginning at about 5pm between Mongshu Township and Wan Lwai Township. The Han Wai headquarters were shelled by government troops at around midnight. Following brutal clashes on the morning of October 17, the Tatmadaw force retreated to the mountains, according to Col Sai La.
The SSPP/SSA announced on October 18 that it would continue to defend itself from government attacks.





The nationwide ceasefire agreement between government and ethnic armed organizations Min Zaw Oo Domestic witnesses (21) …….confirmed International witnesses (6)……. confirmed Diplomats to sign “in the presence of” ……….(45) countries confirmed (out of 80 countries that have diplomatic relation with Myanmar) so far 12065702_10102476888178187_4496215086069732727_n 12118835_10102476888193157_8073421319151133147_n 12096240_10102476888213117_5498587023672195502_n 11231751_10102476888198147_5635366439291865874_n 12065512_10102476888168207_4189139699421880980_n 12088100_10102476888173197_8155056035832731270_n 12079614_10102476888208127_4785058220420100059_n 12106793_10102476888183177_2923776453350252474_n 12096592_10102476888203137_4028005784585936111_n 11140051_10102476888188167_8872767573901387747_n 12079680_10102476888347847_5168379769782638895_n 12119190_10102476888392757_9016293541653907347_n

Yawd Serk: Military ties with Burma premature before emergence of federal armed forces



A federal armed forces that incorporates all the armed forces of the country into a single entity should be in place, before the West establishes closer military ties with Burma, said Sao Yawd Serk, Chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) yesterday.

“Or they will just serve to strengthen the hands of the Tatmadaw (Burmese military) against the resistance forces,” he told a meeting held yesterday on the Thai-Burmese border.

A participant agreed pointing out that, according to the 2008 constitution, the Burmese military’s self-appointed mission, contrary to other democracies, was to wage war not only against external dangers but also internal ones.

This was the first time the leader of the Shan resistance movement that had concluded a ceasefire with Naypyitaw on 2 December 2011 has spoken publicly in response to recent Britian’s approval to $ 5 million arms export licenses to Burma.

The Burmese military has also been offered training courses in human rights, the laws of armed conflicts and the accountability of armed forces in democracies. “The training should not only be provided to the Burma Army, but also to the resistance armed forces,” he said. “It can wait until a federal armed forces has been formed.”

Many of the ethnic groups have proposed that the Chief Minister of a State/Region be elected and he/she, by virtue of it, automatically becomes the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the state/region concerned.

According to the 2008 constitution, the Chief Minister is appointed by the President. Both of them have no say in military matters.

So far, the RCSS/SSA, like its sister organization in the north, Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), has fought more than 100 clashes since the ceasefire. The last one took place in Kyaukme on 24 July.



Naypyitaw jan 21

2013 Jan 18, the state Information Committee announced that the Tatmadaw  will observe a ceasefire  in its fight with KIA with effect from Saturday 0600 myanmar time.  In order to reduce tension  in the La Ja Yang area,

 the Army Chief  already promised to follow the command of the president not to carry out offensive attacks except in self-defence .  Myanmar government had been issued announcement that KIA also needs to to uphold the truce and to take part in peace talks