BRIEF - Congress of SSA-S concluded in Loi Taileng

The 14th Annual Congress of the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) was held from 9 to 13 January at the rebel group’s headquarters on Loi Taileng Hill in southern Shan State. More than 400 leaders and officials reviewed the year’s undertakings and discussed the group’s stance on the nationwide ceasefire process.

The SSA-S concluded the congress by issuing a public statement urging implementation of a nationwide ceasefire based on the principals of a federal union, self-determination and democratic standards. The statement also reiterated that past agreements reached between the SSA-S and the government must be honoured.