Rebel alliance prolongs the ceasefire

The Kachin Post / January 01, 2020

A rebel alliance called Three Brotherhood Alliance, which comprised of three ethnic armed organizations, has stretched out its unilateral ceasefire for another two months until end of February 2020, a step to reach the Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement with Burma Army.

Arakan Army (ULA/AA), Kokang Army (MNTJP/ MNDAA) and Ta-ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) have jointly released a statement today that Burma Army should gesture its intention of going back to negotiation table to solve country’s civil war by ceasing the military operations against ethnic armed organizations.

The ethnic armed alliance said the reason to extended the unilateral ceasefire is their desire to hold the practical negotiation meetings with Burma Army to reach the Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement, which would help to create peaceful environment for the the country’s 2020 election and paving the way to end the Burma’s decades-long civil war.

In August 2019, the Three Brotherhood Alliance staged a deadly coordinate-attacks on Burma Army posts in Mandalay division and Northern Shan State, resulting dozens of soldiers and police casualties and week-long control over the major high way to China. After that, the alliance announced the unilateral ceasefire until October 8th, 2019, and later extended the ceasefire until the end of 2019.

All the members of Three Brotherhood Alliance are also the members of Northern Alliance which consists of Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). In the middle of December 2019, Northern Alliance held a unsuccessful meeting with the Burmese government’s representatives from National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in Kunming, China.