Ethnic Armed Alliance extends ceasefire

The Kachin Post / September 21, 2019

Three Brotherly Alliance, which has recently launched military campaign in Northern Shan State, has unilaterally extended ceasefire until at the end of 2019, hoping to end the ongoing civil war by signing bilateral ceasefire agreement with Burma Army.

“We the Three Brotherly Alliance of Kokang MNTJP/ MNDAA, Ta-ang PSLF/TNLA and Rahkine ULA/AA hereby declare the extension of ceasefire till December 31, 2019,” said a statement released yesterday. The decision came a day after the meeting between the Alliance and Burmese government peace negotiators.

The armed Alliance launched offensive attacked in middle of August, killing over a dozen Burmese soldiers and police in Mandalay region and Northern Shan State, as well as blocking the major high way to China. The Alliance also staged first ever attack on Burma’s prestigious Defence Service Technological Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin, sixty five kilometres East of country’s second largest city, Mandalay.

However, the Alliance said it maintains the right of self-defence to shoot Burma Army if they launch any sorts of military offensive against their camps, harms the ethnic civilians and blocks the logistic supply to war refugees. “Three Brotherly Alliance will stand in solidarity with all the oppressed ethnic minority people and ready to make necessary respond, as we always reserve the right of self defence.”

The Kokang (MNDAA) and Ta-ang (TNLA) armed groups are headquartered and operate in Northern Shan State. The Rahkine also know as Arakan Army (AA) is based in Northern Shan State and Western Rahkine State. All the three groups are also a member of Northern Alliance which include Kachin State headquartered Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

The main reason the Three Brotherly Alliance’s August attack is to stop Burma Army’s major offensive against Arakan Army in western Rahkine State along the Bangladesh border, said the Alliance’s earlier statement.

All these armed groups are also a member of Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC), which is chaired by the country’s largest armed organization United Wa State Army (UWSA). FPNCC counts for over eighty percent of all active ethnic fighters in the country.