Mon, Karen armies agree to restrain troops following clashes

Mon, Karen armies agree to restrain troops following clashes

Representatives of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Karen National Union (KNU) held crisis talks in Tenasserim Division on Wednesday following a series of armed clashes. Both sides agreed to restrain from further hostilities.

Speaking to DVB by telephone this morning, NMSP central executive committee member Layi Sai Htaw said that Mon and Karen delegates had agreed to meet at the Tenasserim regional government office on Wednesday following a clash in Yebyu Township two weeks ago. He said both delegations agreed to restrain their respective troops to prevent more fighting.

“We reached two main conclusions at the meeting – to restrain our respective troops to prevent further hostilities, and not to block or restrict the movement of civilians in the area to avoid hindering their livelihoods,” he said.

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The verbal agreements were made before Tenasserim government officials including the regional chief minister and the minister for border and security affairs. The KNU delegation was headed by Saw Sapitu while Nai Acre led the Mon team.

Six armed clashes have been reported between the KNU and NMSP since September. The main point of contention appears to be territorial disputes.

Both armed groups have agreed to a further meeting during Union Day celebrations on 12 February.

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