Update on March 26, 2013
Clashes continue in Kachin state
Burma's military continued to attack Kachin Independence Army (KIA)
posts in Kachin and northwestern Shan states over the last week. The
small isolated clashes came despite repeated claims from senior
government officials including Burma President Thein Sein that all
fighting in northern Burma had ended.
Last Tuesday evening, the Light Infantry Battalion 432 fired mortar
around the Shan village of Konlaw located about 10 km from Bhamo. They
attacked Konlaw post in Momauk (N'Mawk) township in Kachin state at
approximately 7 pm, according to sources in the Kachin Independence
Over the weekend, KIA forces and army troops clashed in northern Shan
state, continuing until Monday, according to KIO officials. Infantry
130 based in Namtu attacked the Man Dung KIA post. They were assisted by
the Infantry 502 based in Kyaukme. Although there were no casualties
from the Kachin side, government shelling destroyed several civilians'
homes. Monday saw both sides trade fire near the Man Dung KIA post.
The clashes in northern Burma contradict statements by Thein Sein during his recent trip to Europe
"There's no more hostilities, no more fighting all over the country, we
have been able to end this kind of armed conflict," said the president
during a joint press conference with Austria's President Heinz Fischer
earlier in the month. Thein Sein was in the Austrian capital as part of a
10 day tour of Europe.