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S.H.A.N : PRESS RELEASE BY THE SHAN
Subject: S.H.A.N : PRESS RELEASE BY THE SHAN UNITED REVOLUTIONARY ARMY
S.H.A.N : PRESS RELEASE BY THE SHAN UNITED REVOLUTIONARY ARMY
October 10, 1996
This is the gist of events that have occured during the last month.
As the SLORC offensive against the Shan United Revolutionary Army and the people
in Central Shan States continued, our leader, Col. Yawtsuk went to Hseng Keo,
the Headquarters of the Shan State Army that had ceasefire agreement with SLORC
since 1989 to talk with both the SSA and SSNA ( Shan State National Army )
there. On 13 Sep, it was unanimously resolved by the three sides to combine
their military forces into one single armed force --the Shan State Army and its
political wing, the State State National Organization. The decision was also
taken to re-offer peace to SLORC in order to facilitate the process of ending of
our people's immense sufferings under SLORC's four cuts campaigns and to
facilitate negotiations that shall lead to the resolution of problems both in
Burma and the Shan States.
Accordingly, the SSNO leaders delegations headed by President Sai Nawng and Vice
President Kaifa travelled to Rangoon to negotiate with SLORC leaders. Though the
details of the meetings are still unclear at present, the SLORC's general
response to this latest development in the Shan States is clear : Stay split and
disunited if the Shans want SLORC to stop its inhuman campaign.
Meanwhile the four cuts campaign and the divide and rule policy continued,
resulting in the surrender of 300 of the SSNA's Brigade 275 and Brigade 8. As
for SURA, faced with imminent
annihilation, it was forced to defend itself.
On 28 September, a SLORC convoy was intercepted by a unit from Brigade 758 at
Nam-oi on the Kunhing- Namzarng road. During the brief but fierce engagement,
the Shans killed 6 SLORC soldiers -- a captain among them, wounded 7-8 of them
and destroyed two SLORC vehicles.
As for the SURA liaison group, until further instructions from the authorities
in the Shan States, it shall continue to use the same designation, and report
the developments as they come.
The Shan State Army ---leader-Sai Nawng, official ceasefire group.
The Shan State National Army --- leader- Karnyord, unofficial ceasefire group.
The Shan United Revolutionary Army --- leader - Yawtsuk, the group still on
Shan United Revolutionary Army.