Burmese Army Sends More Troops to Frontline as Peace Negotiators Prepare to Meet

By KLN

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Burmese military trucks
Burmese military trucks
A battle took place on Tuesday between the 5th section of Kachin People Militia (MHH in Kachin) troops under KIA’s 36th Battalion and Burmese army’s 507th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops at Yi Hku village, Pangsai Township in northern Shan State. A KIA frontline source said the battle began at around 10 am when 5 Kachin soldiers encountered government troops coming from Shwi Buk village in Yi Hku village. No casualties on either side have been reported in this battle, said the source.

KIA sources say they have spotted a number of Burmese army troops movements in Kachin and northern Shan State during this week.

About 60 Burmese army troops from 15th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) led by Major Ze Yar Min have arrived in Pang Hkawn Yang village and about 80 troops from 309th LIR led by its commander have arrived in Bu Lawng village in western Kachin State on Wednesday.

Government troops from 93th LIB, 108th LIR, and 141st LIB take position in Nam Si Aung, Nam Hkyi Maw and Man Ki village in Monyin Township.

In northern Shan State, about 100 troops from Burmese army’s 232nd LIB arrive in Man Dat village in Momeik Township. About 150 troops from 123rd and 242nd LIB position themselves in Mung Li Bum near Di Ma village.

A KLN source in Burma-China border town of Muse reported on Wednesday that about 40 Burmese army soldiers entered into China from Muse’s Shwe Nandaw middle entrance and picked up military hardwares, already loaded in Chinese-made trucks.

Despite ongoing peace negotiations between Burmese government and Ethnic bloc’s Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), more government troops have been sent to ethnic region causing panic among civilians and raising doubts among ethnic leaders about the peace process initiated by Burma’s quasi-civilian government.