Ethnic armed groups that are not signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on Tuesday kicked off a meeting at the United Wa State Army’s Panghsang headquarters.
Saw Kyaw Thet and Saw San Aung’s renegade faction has frequently engaged in armed clashes against Burmese government forces in recent years.
The DKBA renegade faction has denied reports that its leader, Col. Saw San Aung, had been killed in a clash with Burmese government forces.
Ministry of Information reports that government forces clashed 13 times with renegade Democratic Karen Buddhist Army troops between 11 and 15 September.
The renegades had earlier warned of an “all-out war” against the local BGF; tensions had reportedly been escalating since the renegades broke from the DKBA at the beginning of the year.
DKBA renegades say Na Ma Kyar did not kidnap the mahouts, but was only holding them temporarily as the logging camp operators had failed to pay them operating fees.