|Involved in the Kokang fighting? Kachin Independence Army soldiers waiting for transport in the KIA stronghold Laiza, Kachin State on July 29, 2014. Photo: Min Min/Mizzima|
The head of Kokang rebel forces in Myanmar has implicated a neighbouring armed ethnic group as helping in its struggle against the army, according to Voice of America on March 3.
|Beijing says it is not interfering in the conflict in Myanmar's northern Shan State. The Chinese border gate of Nansan, Yunnan, China on August 30, 2009. Photo: David and Jessie/Flickr|
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei says that China forbids any organization and individual carrying out activities that undermine Sino-Myanmar relations or the stability of the border area on Chinese territory.
|A rescue truck loaded with fleeing civilians passes military troops near the Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
Nay Pyi Taw - Defence Minister Lieutenant General Wai Lwin says the government now controls Laukkai and nearby areas where fighting broke out between the government troops and the Kokang armed group.
|U Zaw Min Htike, 37,a volunteer driver of the Myanmar Red Cross who was wounded in rescue convoy attack on February 17, holds a newspaper featuring his picture on the front page, at Lashio General Hospital, Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 19, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
Aid workers called on February 19 for a ceasefire to allow the evacuation of people trapped around a town at the centre of fierce fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic rebels, after the deaths of two more civilians in an area cloaked by a state of emergency.
|Myanmar people gather as they await the arrival of rescue trucks to flee fighting in and around the Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
The Myanmar government and Kokang rebels are trading accusations over the February 17 attack on a Red Cross convoy, one day after the government declared a state of emergency in the northern region, according to Voice of America on February 18.