6th Aug 2015
Three ethnic armed groups involved in ongoing fighting with the Burma Army in recent months have offered an olive branch to the
government, as the 9th round of official talks on a nationwide ceasefire agreement continues Thursday in Rangoon.
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA), made a
collective peace offer to the government on Wednesday. ...
With much of Burma currently gripped by severe floods which have displaced or otherwise impacted at least 330,000 people nationwide,
the three armed groups also made pledges of a different kind on Thursday.
Nyo Tun Aung, AA deputy commander-in-chief, told The Irrawaddy the armed group had donated relief materials to flood-affected areas
in northern Arakan State.
TNLA’s communications officer Mai Aike Kyaw also confirmed that his group had donated 30 million kyat worth of aid through the local
Sitagu Foundation. The Kokang rebel group MNDAA also made a donation of 50 million kyat to the foundation.
A Sitagu Foundation spokesperson confirmed the donations had been received.
“MNDAA soldiers and commanders donated money to the flood victims as we… know how hard it would be for them to be displaced. Our
people have also experienced displacement, for different reasons,” Htun Myat Lin told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.
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