FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
A temporary ceasefire has been achieved in northern Shan State between the Brotherhood Alliance and the military following a third round of peace talks brokered by China in the city of Kunming on Jan. 11. In attendance were Chinese government officials and five members of the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC).
Leaders from the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Nyo Tun Aung with seven members of the Arakan Army (AA), and Tar Bone Kyaw with seven members from Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), participated in the talks. Since the launch of Operation 1027 on Oct. 27, the Brotherhood has seized over 300 military outposts and 15 towns in northern Shan state.
The Brotherhood and the military agreed to halt all fighting and to reopen China-Myanmar border trade. According to an unnamed source who attended the talks, the ceasefire is only for northern Shan State with an agreement to stop seizing more towns from the military. In turn, it will discontinue the use of airstrikes and artillery shelling against territory under the control of the MNDAA and TNLA.