KIO & UWSA received COVID-19 protective gears from Burma Army

The Kachin Post / May 21, 2020

Maj. Gen. Aung Zaw Aye and Vice Chairman Xiao Minliang / UWSA

The Kachin State’s Laiza headquartered Kachin Independence Oraganization (KIO) and Eastern Shan State’s Panghsang headquartered United Wa State Army (UWSA) have received the Burma Army’s donation packages of COVID-19 protective gears.

KIO’s Vice Chairman-1 Maj. Gen. Sumlut Gun Maw yesterday welcomed the delegation led by Maj. Gen. Khun Thant Zaw Oo, Vice Adjutant-General from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Army, according to the Laiza TV. KIO leaders along with the head of KIO’s Anti COVID-19 Committee Sumlut Gam hold the donation exchange meeting with Burma Army delegation at the Maisak Par village near its headquarter, Laiza.

On last Tuesday, a delegation led by Maj. Gen. Aung Zaw Aye, the commander of Burma Army’s Northeastern Command based in Lashio, met with UWSA’s Vice Chairman Xiao Minliang in Panghsang, delivering the COVID-19 protective gears for Wa self-administered region, according to the Wa State TV (WSTV).

Both United Wa State Army and Kachin Independence Organization are non-signatory ethnic armed organizations to Burmese government sponsored Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). UWSA reached a ceasefire deal with the previous military regime State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) in 1989.

KIO signed a ceasefire agreement with SLORC in 1994. However, the agreement was annulled in 2011 after Burma Army unilaterally breached the deal by renewing the war.

Nyii Kah contributed part of the story from Panghsang, Wa State.