The Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) marked its 50th anniversary on Thursday in Wanhai, Kehsi Township, in eastern Burma.
Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing traveled on Sunday to Shan State where he conducted meetings with representatives of multiple armed groups.
The Shan Ethnic Affairs Organisation (SEAO) denied the training of monks, and defended military training from the Burmese armed forces, claiming that it makes minorities – such as the Red Shan – less vulnerable to abuse by other ethnic militias.
After being denied permission to stage a rally, thousands of ethnic Shans gather at a monastery to denounce the Kachin rebels for alleged human rights violations.
An ethnic Shan group in Kachin state is seeking permission to stage a protest in Myitkyina against the abduction and forced recruitment of Shan people by the Kachin Independence Army in the northern Burmese region.
If Aung San Suu Kyi wants a “second Panglong conference” to succeed, her government will have to learn from the failures of the first.