Reports are emerging of food and water shortages at the mines, and accusations that Burmese soldiers forced the families to act as “human shields”.
Aung Kyi, the head of the Peace Commission, told DVB that they hoped the ethnic rebel alliance would be “involved in the peace process very soon”.
The Burmese units accused various residents of having links to the TNLA or of protecting its soldiers.
The government Peace Commission is preparing to meet “soon” with members of a recently formed alliance of ethnic armed groups based largely in Burma’s north, an apparent signal that the new coalition is increasingly viewed as an important factor in the peace process calculus.
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) denies allegations that the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army abducted 80 female staffers working at a casino in Laogai in the aftermath of an early Monday morning assault on the town.
Two Kachin pastors who went missing last month and were feared dead are alive and in Burmese Army custody, according to the Office of the Defence Services’ Commander-in-Chief.