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Karenni Army Clashes With Myanmar Forces in Kayah State, Breaking Bilateral Cease-fire

Myanmar Army and an ethnic armed group in eastern Myanmar’s Kayah state have blamed each other for breaching a bilateral cease-fire agreement during a weekend clash in Hpa Saung township that left no casualties.The national army’s Light Infantry Brigade 428 clashed with soldiers from the Karenni Army, the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) on Oct. 20.The KNPP signed a cease-fire accord to end hostilities with the Myanmar military in March 2012. The group had signed a previous cease-fire agreement with the former military government in 1995, but that pact held up for only three months.Saturday’s skirmish was the first time in six-and-a-half years that the two sides engaged in fighting.The KNPP issued a statement on Saturday accusing the Myanmar army of violating the agreement in the latest hostilities, while the Kayah state government issued a statement of its own the same day, in which Colonel Myint Wai, the state security and border affairs minister, denounced the ethnic group for the clash and urged it to control its troops.

 

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