Ceasefire Breaks Down in Karen State, Burma

24 Feb

On February 19th, the three-month old ceasefire between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) broke down. DKBA sources blame the breakdown, and subsequent fighting, on a Tatmadaw raid of a DKBA weapons cache.The DKBA claim that the Tatmadaw refused to return their weapons stash, leading the DKBA to nullify the ceasefire.

The fighting that resulted from the breakdown led to the death of at least five soldiers, and the displacement of 50 villagers.

This comes in the wake of rising tensions between the Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU), which had signed a ceasefire on January 12th, and clashes between the Tatmadaw and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S), which had signed a ceasefire in December.  

It is unclear whether the fighting will continue to escalate, and thereby threaten the progress made by the Burmese govt. to achieve some sense of peace and stability with the Karen ethnic armed groups.

On the bright side, it means I get to post this picture of DKBA Gen Bo Moustache:

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