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Kokang Rebel Groups in Shan State End Two-Decade Ceasefire with the Burmese Regime

The Irrawaddy reported on Thursday that the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), an ethnic Kokang ceasefire group, ended a two-decade ceasefire with the Burmese regime. Several instances of fighting broke out along the Sino-Burmese border, aggravating the month-long refugee crisis in the northeastern Shan State.

The Burmese army conducted a drug raid on MNDAA Chairman Peng Jiasheng’s house earlier this month and has been building up its military forces in the Kokang region of the Shan State. The military build-up has caused a mass refugee crisis across the Sino-Burmese border. Tens of thousands of Burmese civilians, many ethnic Chinese Kokangs, have fled their homes for China’s Yunnan Province since early August.

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– Daniel Solomon, National Burma Education Coordinator (


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