Shan Armed Groups Work For Unity

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Buddhist monks successfully negotiated a peaceful resolution, ending months of fighting that uprooted thousands of civilians in Hsipaw township since January.

A Shan armed group called for unity in a letter sent during the 55th anniversary of another Shan group it had been fighting, pledging for the groups to work together for the betterment of Shan State.

Sao Sai Nguen
Photo: RCSS/ RCSS – RCSS Sao Sai Nguen

 

“We will work together for Shan State unity, unity between our groups and cooperation in regional development and building a federal Union,” said Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) Secretary-2 Col Sai Nguen. The colonel said they will do their best to work for its people.

Lt. Col. Sai Su, spokesperson for Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), told SHAN both groups have withdrawn troops from the front line.

“The fighting has stopped since April 20. We will continue negotiations between us.”

Buddhist monks successfully negotiated for a peaceful resolution, ending months of fighting that uprooted thousands of civilians in Hsipaw township since January.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has reported that everyone affected by the fighting has returned home.

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