Thursday, June 13, 2013

Burma-Myanmar: Clashes between Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and Burma army continue in Shan state, despite 7 points agreement


Forces loyal to the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and Burma’s military clashed several times over the past week in northern Shan state according to KIO sources. These are the first recorded clashes since the two sides met for peace talks late last month in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina.

On Monday June 10th fighting took place near Hpai Kawng village in the Pangsai (Kyukok) region. This fighting involved Section 5 of the KIO’s local civilian militia force known as the Mungshawa Hpyen Hpung (MHH) and government forces from Infantry Battalion 125.

The government side was also supported by troops from the Kutkai based militia group headed by Hkun Myat, a member of parliament from the ruling USDP. Khun Myant and his militia are alleged to be heavily involved in Shan state’s booming drug trade. According to a KIO official who took part in the battle the bodies of two Burmese soldiers were found after the fighting finished.

The News:
http://www.kachinnew … point-agreement.html



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