Fighting rages as representatives meet for peace talks in Muse

A series of battles took place between KIA’s 9th Battalion troops and BA’s 427th Light Infantry Regiment near the old Nam Pati village in Kutkai township on April 30 at 5:50 am and later again at 4 pm.

On April 29, KIA’s 9th Battalion troops and about 50 soldiers from BA’s 427th LIR engaged at the old Nam Pati village at around 12:25 pm. On the same day, another battle fought between KIA’s 9th Battalion troops and about 50 soldiers from BA’s 10th Light Infantry Battalion troops at Kawng Mu around 2 pm.

TNLA sources said there have been at least 9 encounters between TNLA troops and BA troops in Nam San, Nam Hkam, Kutkai, Namtu and Kyauk Me townships during the month of April.

Representatives of KIO/KIA, PSLF/TNLA, ULA/AA, MNTJP/MNDAA and members of Burmese government’s Union Peace Commission met for peace talks in Muse on April 30 at 9 am as a series of battles raged in northern Shan state.

FPNCC members and peace mediator group PCG also attended the meeting that lasted for about 2 hours. Local sources said Chinese special envoy Sun Guoxiang was at Ruili city, located just across Muse, to observe the talks between northern EAOs and Burmese government.