Hpakant, January (12)

Despite the fact that the military council declared a ceasefire in 2023, the junta army continues to conduct airstrikes and aerial bombing on the headquarters and bases of ethnic armed organizations.

The military council bombarded outposts under two battalions of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Brigade 9 and those under KIA Brigade 2 headquarter and 14th Battalion around 4 pm on January 9.

Furthermore, the Chin National Front (CNF)’s Victoria headquarters suffered from aerial bombing by the military council, killing five comrades around 4:30 on January 10.

The military leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, stated in his message for Kachin State Day, which fell on January 10, that there is a need to reduce and stop violence and armed attacks.

Veteran politician U Pe Than, on the other hand, criticized the military leader’s statements and ceasefire announcements as not reflecting his true attitude and his actions as contradicting what he said.

U Pe Than noted that the headquarters may have been bombed to kill top ethnic leaders and weaken the organization.

The military council is holding peace talks with some ethnic armed groups, but on the other hand, it is putting pressure on the groups that do not attend the talks, said CDM Air Force Captain Ze Thu Aung.

Since the military coup, 10 NCA-signatories and non-NCA signatories have attended at least two peace talks invited by the military council.

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO); Chin National Front (CNF); Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP); All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), and the Karen National Union (KNU) continue to fight with the military council.

The military council’s declaration of a ceasefire through the end of 2023 is nothing more than a lie, according to the Interim National Consultative Council (ICNCC), which further said that airstrikes and bombings are inhumane acts.

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