The government Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) requested to meet with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and exile groups in Thailand.
Phophtaw News Association
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Administrators of 45 villages in Chaungzon township, Mon state stand accused of selling government-subsidized phone cards to villagers for their own personal gain.
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