Ethnic armies urge Wa to lead northern alliance

The Kachin Post / April 18, 2021

Wa Leader speaks at FPNCC meeting 

Three ethnic armies from Three Brotherhood Alliance (TBA) in northern Burma requested United Wa State Army (UWSA) from Burma’s self-administered Wa region to take a leading role for the interest of ethnic people of northern Burma during the political turmoil in the country.

The Arakan Army (AA), Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) also known as Kokang Army released a joint statement yesterday, asking UWSA to lead the ethnic armies to revive the seven members’ Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) for the common interest of ethnic people.

“UWSA to lead and protect the common interests of members of FPNCC and involve in the changing political and peace process in the country”, the statement earnestly requested. The statement was release on the same day of 32nd anniversary of founding the Wa State by reaching a ceasefire agreement UWSA and previous Burmese military regime State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).

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.

The Three Brotherhood Alliance launched offensive attacked in middle of August 2019, 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.

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 Kachin State and Western Rahkine State. All the three groups are also a member of Northern Alliance-Burma which includes Kachin State headquartered Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC) was founded in April 19, 2017 with seven ethnic armies; Arakan Army (AA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Shan State Army-North (SSPP/SSA) and United Wa State Army (UWSA).