The Shan State Army-North (SSA-North) has agreed to withdraw from two of its military bases at the request of the Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) in order to avoid conflict during the ongoing peace talks.
Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Thursday, Sai La, the spokesperson for the SSA-North, said, “We are taking into consideration the interests of local farmers who need to sow rice at this time of year. If the conflict continues they will be forced from their farms.”
He said that the SSA-North will continue monitoring the situation on the ground as it withdraws its bases as per the agreement.
The military bases involved are the Kunnamile Base in Monghsu Township, southern Shan State, and to the east, Loi Pha Pheung, a mountain base near the Salween River. The agreement comes following talks between the two sides in Mandalay on June 22.