Ruling party says renewed fighting sets back peace process

19 August 2019
Ruling party says renewed fighting sets back peace process
Military personnel arrive at the Gote Twin valley bridge after an attack by armed ethnic insurgents near Naung Cho township, Shan State, Myanmar, 15 August 2019. Photo: Kaung Zaw Hein/EPA

National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman Dr. Myo Nyunt said that they did not like fighting between the three-member alliance and government troops as peace was the party’s policy.

“This fighting while we are trying to get lasting peace is a setback to our peace process,” he said.

He was speaking after an NLD CEC meeting held at Naypyitaw guest house on August 18 in his reply to a question on the party’s position on fighting taking place in Pyinoolwin and other places in northern Shan State.

The government issued a press statement in which it says the attacks on five targets in Pyinoolwin and Nawngkio Townships by the Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), killed 15 persons including Tatmadaw (military) personnel, policemen and civilians and also it caused financial loss of about 300 million kyats.