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The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) has alleged that Burmese government forces have continued attacks on rebel positions in the Kokang region, despite the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire earlier this month.
Tun Myat Linn, a MNDAA spokesperson, told DVB on Thursday that fighting in the area had slowed after the ethnic group declared a ceasefire on 10 June, but Burmese soldiers have continued with artillery strikes.
“The Burmese army have ceased infantry assaults, but continue to shell our positions with artillery on a daily basis, although the strikes are sporadic,” he said.
The Kokang spokesman also rejected rumours that the government had reached out to the MNDAA for a ceasefire.
“The government reached out neither to us nor our political wing,” he said.
The fighting between the Burmese army and the MNDAA broke out on 9 February in the Self-Administrated Zone of Kokang in northeastern Shan State. Heavy causalities have been reported on both sides.