Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on Sunday for her people to remain united, saying the Southeast Asian country faces “challenges” at home and abroad, as she marked two years since her party swept to power in a historic vote.
Aung Ko Htwe told Radio Free Asia he deserted his post in Shan State alongside some fellow servicemen in 2007.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi told villagers at the heart of the country on Monday that talks with ethnic rebels must be a priority, after putting peace negotiations ahead of economic reforms in her first months in power.
Ethnic rebels refute allegations, and say the Burmese military is “spreading lies”. KIA spokesman says the campaign is a veiled threat against the local population.
More than 100 reporters in Burma are preparing to protest against laws seen as curbing free speech.
China’s military carried out drills along the border with Burma on Tuesday, in a show of force to highlight its resolve to protect its people, state news agency Xinhua said, following clashes between Burmese security forces and ethnic rebels.