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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Myanmar Rebels Kill 7 Soldiers, Wound 20 Near China Border

Myanmar, also known as Burma, says ethnic rebels attacked an army
outpost near the border with China last week, killing seven soldiers
and wounding 20 others.

State-run media reports Monday say Kokang fighters surrounded the post
for two days in northern Shan State.

The Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), which is allied with the
Kokang guerrillas, says fighting in the area was still ongoing
Monday. Tar Phone Kyaw, secretary of TNLA, disputes the government
account and blames the Army for the violence.

"The area where fighting took place this week are controlled by our
groups - TNLA and Kokang, then the fighting took place because the
government troops entered the area. We didn't make any strikes against
military outposts held by government forces," said Kyaw.

Other than the state-run media reports, government and military
officials have not commented on the fighting. And casualty figures
were not known.

The Kokang was formerly a pro-communist fighting force that battled
the government until signing a ceasefire in 1989. Fighting resumed in
2009.

Meanwhile, the government says it has held talks in Chiang Mai,
Thailand with the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), an
umbrella group that represents several ethnic rebel movements.

Hla Maung Shwe, a member of the government's Myanmar Peace Center,
tells VOA he is optimistic formal negotiations will resume this month.

"We discussed resuming talks at Yangon's Peace Center. They said they
can return to talks before December 25, Christmas. I think we may have
peace talks between the 20th and 25th of December at Yangon," said
Shwe.

The two sides have met several times since the NCCT was founded in
July, but there has been no progress reported.

Most of the ethnic groups in Myanmar have been fighting for decades
and have separate, temporary cease-fire agreements with the
government.



Credit: VOA News

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