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5+4 to Rangoon peace talks

5+4 to Rangoon peace talks

The ethnic resistance movements’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) has chose 5 delegates to hold talks in Rangoon on Monday, 22 December, according to sources.

The delegation will include 5 out of 14 NCCT members and 4 technical assistance team (TAT).

 

Thai seminar on Burma in Pitsanulok tomorrow

Thai seminar on Burma in Pitsanulok tomorrow

A two-day seminar on Thai-Burma Studies in Asean Community will be held tomorrow at Pitsanulok, where the Third Regional Army is headquartered, according an invitation by the organizers.

Opium output down, so are prices

Opium output down, so are prices

Reports coming from the border say opium prices have been on the downside even as the output has been reduced by adverse weather conditions.

In Mongton (opposite Chiangmai), it is 25,000 baht ($780) down from up to 40,000 baht ($1,250) last year. In Panglong and Namzang, it is 650,000 kyat ($650), down from 700,000-750,000 kyat ($700-750) during the previous year.

SNDP MPs’ resignation not likely to impact party

SNDP MPs’ resignation not likely to impact party

The Chairman of the Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP), Sai Aik Pao, has commented that the resignation of SNDP MPs will have no impact on the party.

NCCT undecided on further talks with UPWC

NCCT undecided on further talks with UPWC

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) leaders say they may not hold further talks with the Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) if there is no agreement on the remaining points of dissention in the ceasefire accord.

Two Shan political parties in northern Shan State release joint statement opposing changing state names

Two Shan political parties in northern Shan State release joint statement opposing changing state names

Two Shan political parties, the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) and Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) in Namkham township, northern Shan State, jointly released a statement on 21st November objecting to the suggestion to the parliament by U Aung Thaung from Myanmar’s ruling party (USDP), to change the names of Burma’s states from ethnic-based names to city-based names.

Nong Khio-based government troops slit throats of 2 Shan villagers

Nong Khio-based government troops slit throats of 2 Shan villagers

During the first half of November, pictures of “Myanmar government troops killing two villagers in Ke See” have been spreading on the internet. These were pictures of Nong Khio-based government troops killing two villagers from Pang Ze village, Ke See township, central Shan State in 2011, according to local sources.  

Four civilians in Hsipaw arrested and beaten on suspicion of having contact with Shan State Army

Four civilians in Hsipaw arrested and beaten on suspicion of having contact with Shan State Army

Troops from Burma Army LIB 504 arrested four civilians in Hsipaw, northern Shan State, accused them of supporting the Shan State Army (SSA), then sent them to jail at Hsipaw police station on 6th November, according to their relatives.

About 1,000 militia forces involved in attacks against SSPP/SSA

About 1,000 militia forces involved in attacks against SSPP/SSA

During their offensive against SSPP/SSA in October, the Burma Army used at least 1,000 People’s Militia forces from northern and southern Shan State.
During October 2nd to 30th, there were 41 clashes in total during the Burma Army offensive operation targeting the bases of SSPP/SSA in the townships of Hsipaw, Mongyai, and Ke See. During their attacks the Burma Army was also using forces from the local People’s Militias, said an officer of a People’s Militia who wants to remain unnamed.

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