Reports say Wa attacks tomorrow
Several reports received since the end of May by both Shan and Thai sources indicate that the United Wa State Army might begin its 4th attempt to occupy the Shan State Army stronghold across Maehongson tomorrow
The first reports were carried by Lahu deserters from the UWSA's 171st Military Region who sought refuge with the Lahu villages scattered along the Thai-Burma border. The latest one reached S.H.A.N. three days ago from Tachilek, opposite Chiangrai, from a local Lahu militia leader who said the UWSA-Burma Army assault on Loi Taileng, opposite Maehongson's Pang Mapha district, would begin on 17 June.
Sources from southern Shan State also reported arrival in Mongpan, 100 km across Chiangmai border on 14 June, of two 120 mm mortars "for use at Loi Taileng." Thai security sources also say three 105 mm howitzers are already in Monghta, a 4 hour drive east of the Shan enclave.
Many border watchers also wonder whether the attack is going ahead despite tensions growing between Rangoon and the ceasefire groups, particularly with the UWSA, whose planned ceremony to be held in Panghsang on 24 June to declare a drug free zone has been postponed at the behest of Rangoon following reports that it was displeased with the wording on the invitation which styled the Wa organization "People's Government of the Wa State", according to AP.