Army, SSA clash in Mongping

Kyaw Zin Win
Refugees in Lashio (Photo-Tun Nay Hlaing)

The Myanmar army and the Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), which signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government, clashed in Mongping on Sunday, according to the RCSS/SSA.

The SSA said four government soldiers were killed in the battle that lasted for about an hour. No official announcement from the army has been released yet.

The Myanmar army and SSA previously clashed in the Tarkhite village tract on March 25 and near Swepe village on June 17.

The 11th meeting of Union Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U), held at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in early July, decided to send an investigation commission from the state-level JMC to Mongping to investigate the murder of a militia leader.

Lt-Col Sai Ngin, spokesperson for the SSA, said the clashes occurred because the army entered in their area without informing their liaison office.

“We don’t have separate communication with the army. We only have the JMC to communicate with the army, as they only pay attention to the JMC. We contacted the army via our liaison offices, but it was not effective. The place where the fighting occurred is not the same place as previous clashes. The investigation commission from the JMC may take a field trip next month. We want the army to communicate with us via our liaison offices. In doing so, there will not be problem,” he said.

Similarly, the army and the SSA fought for about 15 minutes in the forest about three miles from Hopong on July 14, causing casualties on both sides, according to the SSA.