About 200 Shan people who were forcibly recruited into the Kachin Independence Organization/army (KIO/KIA) still need to be free according to U Sai Tun Yin chairman of the Northern Burma Committee of Shan Nationalities Affairs based in Kachin State.
Phophtaw News Association
Representative from the Japanese Government’s development agency the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have met with representatives of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Mon State government officials to discuss small development projects in Mon State.
At recent national reconciliation talks the government and parliament were well represented but less than half of the ethnic political groups were represented complained Nai Hong Sar, the leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordinating Team (NCCT)
The unification of four Karen armed forces into a united military organisation under the name ‘Kawthoolei Armed Force’(KAF) was welcomed by Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations, according to sources from Karen civil society groups.
An all women political party led by Mon women and based in Mon State submitted their registration to the Union Electoral Commission (UEC) in Naypyidaw on 14th October according to the party chairwoman Mi Then Shin. (aka Mi Layai Mon)
If the registration is successful the party will become the first women only political party in Myanmar.
Due to mounting government pressure, on 6th October the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) returned seven government weapons which they seized during a clash in September at Kyaik Mayaw Township, Mon State, Colonel Saw San Aung, a DKBA spokesperson told Pophtaw News.
Two clashes between Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and government troops broke out in Namkhan and Kut Kai of Northern Shan State on Wednesday this week, according to Mai Phone Kyaw, General Secretary of the TNLA.
The No.1 battalion commander of the Mon Peace and Defence Force, Major Nai Min Maung (aka Ko Toe) was arrested in Mawlamyine Township on 30th September and will be prosecuted for illegally possessing arms and owning an unregistered car said an anonymous police source.
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.
The government Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) requested to meet with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and exile groups in Thailand.
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