The Burma Times, Yangoon
Rangoon- A spokesperson for the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) has said there may be “something mistake” with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement inked in October if his group, one of the treaty’s signatories, does not accept a clarification after arriving under assault by the Burmese Soldiers on New Year’s Eve.
Col. Sai Hla who signifies the SSA-S as well as delivering speech on behalf of its political wing, the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) said that letters had been sent to President’s office, Minister Aung Min and Commander of the Burmese Army’s Eastern Command by his group informing them of the attack in Mongping Township in Shan State on Thursday.
An explanation was sought by the letters for the Burmese Army attack in which one SSA-S soldier had been killed and another severely injured.
It was known to them that our forces were active in the area and fighting has also broken out in the previous time there. After the NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) was signed by us, our base was located there as we determined to let all our soldiers be stationed together. But the Burmese Army came to assault our base as they knew that we had been based there, according Sai Hla on Tuesday.
Sai Hla, who said that leaders both the SSA-S and Burmese Army were expected to discuss last week’s argument said that a meeting was scheduled at the Eastern Commands headquarter in Taunggyi for Jan 9-10.
The SSA-S spokesperson said that they might tell them (the cause of the assault) at the meeting at Eastern Command and if not, there was something mistake with the NCA wherein they had signed it already but they just came to attack us.
Along with the government and Burmese Army, the SSA-S is one of the eight non-state armed groups that signed the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement on October 2015 in Naypydaw. The group is active initially in eastern and southern Shan State.
The conflict took place on Dec. 31 is the first time that fighting broke out between the government troops and one of the Ceasefire Signatories. About a dozen of other ethnic minority armed groups including some of the nations’ largest have abstained from signing or have otherwise been refused the chance to join the peace treaty.
The non-Signatories along with the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (NTLA) and Kachin Independence Army as well as the fellow Shan insurgent group (SSA-N) have fought with the government armies several times since the Ceasefire was signed.