Friday, March 8, 2013

Burma-Myanmar: Kachin National Organization (KNO) says violence continues between army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA)


Kachin activists have reacted angrily to claims made by Burmese President Thein Sein during his European visit that there are no more hostilities in the border regions.

The president made the claim during his ongoing tour of Europe, where he is pushing for remaining economic sanctions against Burma to be dropped.

“There’s no more hostilities, no more fighting all over the country, we have been able to end this kind of armed conflict,” he told journalists following talks with Austrian President Heinz Fischer on Monday.

The Kachin National Organization, a political group made up of local and exiled community leaders, today responded by outlining the military activity that has taken place in the northern state in the past week.

It claims that hundreds of Burmese government army troops encroached into areas designated to be under Kachin Independence Army (KIA) control on the same day as Thein Sein was speaking in Austria. It says clashes broke out the following day after 400 Burmese troops moved into KIA areas in Magui Pukku and Lai Hkau Bum.

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