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A Karenni stronghold overlooking the Maehongson airport was shelled by the Burma Army last evening, according to sources on the border.

No.17 - 3/2007
27 March 2007
War
 
Junta army shells Karenni base
 
A Karenni stronghold overlooking the Maehongson airport was shelled by the Burma Army last evening, according to sources on the border.
 
The three MA-8 (81mm) shells fell well inside Thai territory just short of the village of Mae Suay Oo under the royal patronage in Tambon Phabong, Muang district, Maehongson province. No damage or injury has so far been reported.
 
Khu Oo Reh, Assistant Secretary General of the anti-junta Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), told Kantarawaddy Times this could be interpreted as a signal that no further peace talks between the two were in the offing.
 
The two sides met for 5 hours on Friday, 23 March, at the former office of the now defunct Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Detachment # 24 in Tachilek where Col Myat Win, head of the Burma Army delegation, invited the KNPP to abandon its armed struggle and "return to the legal fold."
 Rimond Htoo

Rimond Htoo

The KNPP delegation, led by Secretary General Rimond Htoo, on the other hand, demanded that the Burma Army return to its pre-1995 positions. "This wasn't an unreasonable proposition," explained Htoo, "because we were told beforehand that the Burma Army stood by the 15-point 1995 ceasefire agreement."
 
Col Myat Win reportedly told the Karennis the Burma Army had reserved the Daw Tama Gyi Region, southeast of Dimawso, 100km west of Maehongson, for the KNPP. "We were not ready for that," says Htoo, "but I told them I would have to report back to the Central Committee."
 
Several positions previously held by the KNPP fell to the Burma Army after 1995.
 
This was the third peace parley between the Burma Army and the KNPP, following the breakdown of the 1995 agreement. The first one was in 1996 in Rangoon and the second time in 1998 also in Rangoon. "Another invitation was made in 2004," he said. "But it was forestalled by Gen Khin Nyunt's downfall (in October 2004)."