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DKBA Commander Seeks Peaceful Solution to Confrontation

Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) commander, Brigadier  General Saw Lah Pwe, wants a peaceful resolution to the current armed conflict between the DKBA and  government armed forces said Capt. Saw Soe Myint head of the Myawaddy DKBA liaison office.


UNFC meets with academics

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) recently organized a security sector reform meeting attended by various organizations and international academics in the Thai city Chiang Mai.


Govt peace team proposes meeting with UNFC and exile groups

The government Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) requested to meet with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and exile groups in Thailand.


TNLA and government clashes continue

Government troops launched fresh attacks against Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) troops stationed between Manmauk and Tan-tay village in Manton township in Shan state last Friday despite efforts by the Union level Peace-making Working Committee to court the ethnic armed group into a ceasefire and take part in a nationwide ceasefire scheme.


KNU and Tanintharyi delegates meet for discussions

The Karen National Union (KNU) met with Tanintharyi region government delegates in Dawei recently for discussions on reconstruction of Karen villages destroyed during 1997 military operations in Myeit-Tavoy district, among other things.


PSLF cancels meeting with Govt

A November meeting for discussions on a bilateral ceasefire between Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF) and government officials has been cancelled due to recent attacks on the ethnic armed group, said the General Secretary Lt. Col. Tar Bone Kyaw.


Clashes in Shan state hits third week

For three weeks in a row government troops have waged an assault on Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops in northern Shan state. The fighting has forced thousands of civilians from around Saga Nam Hkun to flee to Bhamo township, according to KIA Maj. Joon Aung.


RCSS meet to discuss Laiza agreement

The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) met recently to discuss their position to support an agreement reached by most of the major ethnic political groups during a four-day summit in Laiza in late October.


ALP and ABSDF meet with govt

Several ethnic armed groups met separately with the government's Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) .


Myanmar and Thai merchants boost trade

Myanmar merchants from Karen and Mon states met with their Thai counterparts in the Thai border town Mae Sot met last Wednesday. The meeting was held to facilitate increases in transnational business exchanges between merchants. Currently Myanmar is Thailand’s sixth largest trading partner.


Fighting with govt and TNLA continues

Clashes between Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) battalion 12 and government IB 143 and 45 broke out after the armed groups accidently crossed paths. According to TNLA Captain Win Phay, three separate clashes occurred on Oct. 28 near Lon Kan and Lweijayan villages, both in Kutkai township, Shan state.

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