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.
Phophtaw News Association
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.
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.
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