Battles Rage as TNLA Offers a Nationwide Cease-fire

A battle took place between KIA’s 7th Battalion troops and a combined force of Burmese Army troops under 33rd Light Infantry Division and Putao-based 46th and 138th Light Infantry Regiments on the road between Sumpra Bum and Mali Yang on July 6.

In northern Shan State, KIA’s 38th Battalion troops engaged in a battle against Burmese Army troops under 77th Light Infantry Division (LID) near Nam Jak village in Muse Township on July 5 at 8:30 am, reported KIA front line source.

TNLA source said its 773rd Battalion troops launched an attack on Burmese Army’s 324th LIR position in Namtu Township on the same day at 1:15 am.

Before the attack, TNLA’s 773rd Battalion troops battled Burmese Army troops under Lashio-based Northeastern Regional Command at Nam Tau Kone village in Namtu Township on the previous day at 9:50 am.

Central Executive Committee of PSLF/TNLA on Monday released a statement saying that it is ready to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement together with other ethnic armed forces. CEC of PSLF/TNLA also said, “We release this statement to avoid head-on fighting except in defensive matters in order to reach the signing of the nationwide cease-fire agreement, discussions on laying down political framework and beginning political dialogue in conjunction with speedy political reforms.”