Monday, May 7, 2012

Burmese army reinforces troops in Kachin State

Monday, 07 May 2012 12:10 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Burmese army helicopters flew in 200 troops to reinforce government positions near Pangwa, to try to retake the town that fell from government control last week.

The town, located on the Burmese-China border, was lost in late April after troops from the government-controlled Border Guard Force rejoined the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), according to the Kachin News Group. Pangwa is an important trading area due to its proximity to Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital.

The government reshuffled its peacemaking team last week in an effort to restart peace negotiations, which have made no concrete progress to end the fighting following three meetings. Fighting is now going on into its 11th month.

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