Since the UWSA did not withdraw from Mongla, the Burmese have sent military aircraft to fly over the Wa bases as an apparent show of force.
Wa leaders say that as part of its push to get rid of poppy, they relocated some 100,000 citizens – a sixth of the population.
According to Shan media, the Wa army sent reinforcements and supplies to hill stations recently seized from the NDAA on 4- 5 October.
Khun Sai, director of Shan think tank Union Institute, suggested the fight could be a Wa incursion in Mongla territory under orders of the UWSA leadership.
It was regrettable to have walked out of the Union Peace Conference yesterday but we felt discriminated against, said the leading delegate of the UWSA.
It was always going to be a hard task in bringing the Wa leaders to the negotiating table. But when they finally did arrive, they did not stay long.