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Regime troops reinforced in northern Shan State

(Mizzima) - About 200 regime soldiers believed to be from the 1st Military Operations Command in Kyauk Mae have been dispatched to the Lashio area in northern Shan State, according to sources.

In early February, the Burmese junta also dispatched about 36 military vehicles from Mandalay to the Lashio area.

‘The aim of the reinforcements is to threaten the 1st Brigade of the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N)’, said the source, who added that the regime has banned vehicles from traveling through SSA-N areas.

Since the ban affects vehicles traveling to Wan Hai, the SSA-N headquarters area in Kesi Township, the prices of goods and cost of transportation have increased.

According to a trader in Mong La, many families of the SSA-N have moved into Nam Luap, Hselur and Mong Yang townships and about 2,000 homes have been built for the new arrivals. The source said the resettlement of SSA-N in the area is a concern for the regime and it makes the area a target for attack.

The relationship between the 1st Brigade of the SSA-N and the local authorities has deteriorated since the SSA-N has refused to transform itself into a militia force. As a consequence, regime troops launched four attacks on the group around Wan Hai in Kesi Township during the past year.

The 1st Brigade is led by Sao Pang Pha. It is closely allied with the United Wa State Army and the National Democratic Alliance Army on the Burma-China border.

The SSA-N has joined in a political alliance with the Karen National Union, the Karenni National Progressive Party, the Kachin Independence Organization, the New Mon State Party and the Chin National Front, in which each army has agreed to come to each other’s aid if they are attacked by the Burmese regime.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 March 2011 14:25 )  

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