The Shan State Army-South has recently been engaged in clashes against the Ta’ang National Liberation Army.
A new report alleges that a recent Burmese army offensive in Shan State was linked to coal-mining operations opposed by local people.
Following a decision not to sign the NCA, the Shan State Army-South says government forces have reinforced troop strength in Kyethi and launched an assault.
Senior statesman and veteran of Burma’s ethnic ceasefire talks, Hkun Okker talks to DVB about the NCA, the Kokang, the Big 5, and the next round.
The issue of disarmament was high on the agenda, both with Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw and at an ethnic summit in northern Thailand.
Both the Shan State Army’s North and South have held separate meetings with the Burmese government aimed at moving the peace process ahead.