June 26, 2018
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UWSA, govt forces agree mutual retreat

Both the Wa and Myanmar armies have pulled back from their front line positions and the situation remains stable following negotiations on July 12, according to Sam Khun, the head of the external relations for the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

“To the best of my knowledge, both armies withdrew all troops from their previous encampments on July 13,” he told Mizzima.

The move came a day after the UWSA had met government representatives led by Thein Zaw, the vice-chairman of the Union Peace Making Committee, in Kyaing Tone Township in Shan State.

Both sides also agreed to a 5-point plan aimed at continuing dialogue toward a peace process.

The Union Government and Wa Special Region (2) also agreed to cooperate in implementing a regional drug eradication policy.

The UWSA, the largest of all Myanmar’s ethnic militias, signed a ceasefire agreement with the government in September 2011.

For more background:

  1. UWSA call for recognition of a Wa State
  2. UWSA explains peace agreement with government

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