Clash between SSA and Burma army ongoing

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According to a local source, the campaign launched by the government forces against the Shan State Army (SSA) and Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) is at a deadlock since April when they had their first violent encounter, however small conflicts between the opposite forces take place everyday particularly in Mongshu, Mongyai, Hsipaw and Kehsi townships.

A unit of SSA fighters attacked another unit of Burma Army soldiers from Infantry Battalion (LIB) 325 based in Hsawngkae, township of Hsipaw in Shan State North, killing two government soldiers and capturing weapons, SSA senior officer Col Sai Htoo said. He added that there were no casualties on the SSA side.

There has been no sign of dialogue between the Burma Army and the SSA but the government forces tried to persuade the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) for a negotiation. A border analyst from the Thai-Burma border said that the there is uncertainty pertaining the future between the SSA and the Burma Army .

No further offer of ceasefire to the SSA has been made by the Burma Army since they met on April 11, 2011 in Mongkhurh, in the township of Hsipaw, Shan State North. No response was given by the SSA to the surrender demand given by the Burma Army.

The Burma Army shows willingness to pursue negotiations with the SSA, as it refrained from attacking the SSA HQ, Wanhai, commented a border watcher online.

Since March 13, when fighting started, the SSA lost five of its bases and gateways to its ally United Wa State Army (UWSA). Reportedly, the heavy shells of the Burma Army killed and injured dozens of civilians in the conflict zones.

Source: SHAN

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