NMSP, Myanmar military hold talks

06 December 2019
NMSP, Myanmar military hold talks
New Mon State Party. Photo: NMSP

The Myanmar military held talks on Thursday with the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in a bid to ease tensions at a village on the country’s border with Thailand, where more than 1,000 residents have sought shelter in monasteries and rubber plantations amid recent hostilities between the two sides, RFA reported.

The government military’s 284th Infantry Battalion and the Kayin (Karen) Border Guard Force jointly mobilized Wednesday near Palanjapan village in Kyainseikgyi township of southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state, which also borders Mon state, sources told RFA.

In February 2018, the NMSP signed the government’s nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA) ending its long-running war with Myanmar forces. The pact stipulates that military troops cannot enter territory controlled by an ethnic armed group without prior permission.