Representatives from several ethnic armed groups told Mizzima that the senior leaders of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) have concluded that Myanmar’s armed groups are not yet in the tactical or political position to be able to disarm confidently and voluntarily.
Kachin Independence Army (KIA) battalion commander Major Jun Awng told Mizzima that the atmosphere between KIA and government troops is tense as the latter continue to conductsuspicious military movements within the KIA-controlled township of Mansi in Bamoh District.
Government forces and the Kachin Independence Army have blamed each other for renewed fighting in southern Kachin State that relief workers say has forced about 1,000 people to flee their homes.
The Ethnic Shan Affairs Committee will compile a report on human rights violations committed against Shan people in Kachin State and submit it to the United Nations, committee leader Sai Htein Lin told Mizzima on Sunday.
|Internally Displaced Persons in Kachin State. Photo: FBR|
Another battle yesterday in Kachin State’s Mann Si Township between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army is making life more perilous for the thousands of families trapped by the conflict, a KIA officer told Mizzima.