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.
Burmese government forces, Kachin, Shan and Palaung rebels all involved in armed clashes this week.
Church leaders in Tanai estimate that about a thousand people have sought sanctuary at churches in the town.
Several fatalities have been reported from the front line near Man Lan, where Burmese troops overran a Ta’ang [Palaung] rebel base.
The move came after UNFC delegates refused to speak to journalists about the conference, and barred media from entering the meeting room.
Harn Yawnghwe’s Euro Burma Office has been a major donors to the ethnic armed organisations and civic groups involved in peace talks.