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Karens: Fighting still raging despite Myanmar junta extending ceasefire

WHILE Myanmar’s military government has extended its unilateral monthlong ceasefire by another another month till May 31, 2011, the Karen insurgents said today (May 2) that fighting between the two sides is still continuing, TV Channel 7 said

On Friday Myanmar’s Supreme Command announced the extension of the ceasefire so that the State Administration Council could work out guidelines and plans as well as set up some ad hoc committees to proceed with peace negotiations.

Prior to peace talks starting Myanmar troops would respond if they were attacked first, the Supreme Command said.

However the Karen National Union (KNU) said today that fighting between the two sides is continuing close to the Thai border. Five companies of Karen insurgents have been sent to capture Dakuin camp from Myanmar soldiers.

This camp is 1,200 metres away from the Thai village of Ban Tha Ta Fang, in Mae Yuam subdistrict, Mae Sariang district, Mae Hong Son province.

A KNU source said they were confident they would be able to capture the camp because Myanmar troops were demoralised due to a lack of supplies, including weapons and ammunition, as the fighting had dragged on for some time now.

The Myanmar army had launched air strikes against Karens but failed to halt the Karen push, the source said.

CAPTIONS:

Top: Fires burning at a Myanmar military outpost along the bank of the Salween river, as seen from Mae Sam Laep town in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province, after the outpost was attacked and captured by the KNU on April 27, 2021. Photo: AFP/Kawthoolei Today, published by Channel NewsAsia

Home Page: Ethnic Karen villagers displaced from Myanmar’s Day Pu Noh village are seen in an unknown location in Karen state, after fleeing Myanmar army air strikes on  March 27, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Photo: Free Burma Rangers via Reuters and published by Channel NewsAsia

 

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