The Northern Alliance of ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) called on China to mediate between them and the Burma Army to help find a solution to the ongoing fighting in northern Shan State.
In a statement released on 25 November the Northern Alliance asked China to impartially help in negotiations so that there can be genuine political dialogue.
Colonel Tar Bone Kyaw, the general secretary of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) said: “Just as the United Wa State Army (UWSA) announced, the Burma Army needs to stop its military offensives. We welcome that both the UWSA and China are ready to mediate. We can see that the only way to avoid these battles is to hold discussions soon.”
The northern Alliance said that because the recent fighting has been taking place close to the border with China the Chinese Government has been directly affected and so, should get involved in peace negotiations.
Colonel Tar Bone Kyaw said that it would be best if the Chinese Government mediated between the two sides in the conflict, as it is the most suitable organisation for the job.
The Northern Alliance also demanded that the Burma Army halt its offensives against the Kachin, Ta’ang, Kokang, and Arakan EAOs and that it withdraws from ethnic areas so that there can be genuine peace.
During the China-Myanmar Diplomacy and Defense “2+2” Consultation held in Naypyidaw on 25 November, the Chinese Government also urged the Burmese Government to end its military activities and ease tensions in order to restore peace and stability to the border areas.
The Northern Alliance statement also said that the civil war would continue and they would continue to wage a defensive war as long as the ethnic minorities are ruled over by a chauvinistic military dictatorship.
Colonel Tar Bone Kyaw said: “Looking at the recent fighting we can see that it became intense because the Burma Army and the Burmese Government share the same views. The Burma Army has received many reinforcements and battles are being waged in more areas.”
The Burma Army and the Northern Army have been fighting every day since 20 November causing many people who live in the vicinity of the fighting to flee to China and nearby towns.
There was heavy fighting between the Burma Army and the Northern Alliance in Kyu Koke-Pang Hseng, Mong Ko, Hpawng Seng, Kutkai, and other areas of northern Shan State on 25 November.
The Northern Alliance officially known as the Alliance of the Northern Brotherhoods is an alliance made up of four EAOs, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Arakan Army (AA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).
Translated by Thida Linn
Edited in English by Mark Inkey for BNI