Heavy fighting continues unabated in Kachin and Shan State despite calls from inside and outside of Burma to withdraw Burmese troops from KIO’s territory. On June 16, a battle took place between KIA’s 38th Battalion under 4th Brigade and Burmese Army in Naw Gu near Mung Lung in northern Shan State.
KIA soldiers of 10th Battalion under 1st brigade encountered a combined force of Pangwa-based BGF soldiers and Burmese government’s troops from 37th LIR and 382nd LIB on June 16 near Lagwi Hpare.
In another encounter, a combined force of Kachin people’s militia and KIA’s 36th Battalion under 4th Brigade fought against Burmese Army’s 123rd LIR at Hpai Kawng hot spring in northern Shan State on June 15 at 10 pm. Again on June 16 at 9:30 am, the same two sides met near Burmese Army’s Kawng Gwi post.
Though Burmese government is repeatedly saying to international communities that it is pursuing peace in the country, waging war on the ground by Burmese Army indicates otherwise. Renewed arm conflict between KIA and Burmese Army began on June 9 of last year after 17 years of ceasefire.
KIO, political wing of Kachin Independence Army repeatedly said that without meaningful political solution, KIO will not sign another ceasefire agreement as it did in 17 years ago. KIO is working to begin a meaningful and constructive political dialogue based on 1947 Panglong Agreement which the Burmese government has so far objected to implement, said a source close to Kachin leaders. The source says a delegation led by KIA’s deputy Chief of Staff Brig General Sumlut Gun Maw will meet with representatives from Burmese government on June 19 at Maija Yang city located near China-Burma border.