Coup in Myanmar in February 2021. (symbolic)
The rebel group known as the Arakan Army (AA) said Sunday night that it had captured the city of Paletwa. News agency Reuters reported on Monday that an ethnic armed group in Myanmar has taken control of a city bordering India and Bangladesh. The development is another loss for the military government which is battling insurgency in many parts of the country.
The group, known as the Arakan Army (AA), said Sunday night it had captured Paletwa, a port city on the Kaladan River that is vital for trade with neighboring countries. “With regard to border stability issues, we will do our best to cooperate with neighboring countries,” a spokesman for the armed ethnic group Khin Thu Kha said in a statement quoted by Reuters.
capture of laukai city
He said that he will take charge of administration and law enforcement in the area. This Myanmar rebel alliance, also known as ‘Three Brotherhood Alliance’, captured the town of Laukai bordering China last week. The rebels said in a statement that the entire Kokang (Laukkai) area has now become an area without the Myanmar Military Council.
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Specifically, the coalition consists of three groups, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Arakan Army. Myanmar has been devastated by the violence that began after the military launched a coup against the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021. In October last year, the rebels launched an offensive against the Myanmar army, which was backed by allied anti-junta groups. The pro-democracy parallel government has captured many military posts and towns.
Armed alliance confirms ceasefire
On Sunday, Myanmar’s military signed a temporary ceasefire agreement with the rebel alliance in areas along the border with China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said the agreement was reached during China-brokered talks on Wednesday and Thursday in the Chinese provincial capital Kunming, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the Myanmar border.
promise not to attack
A statement from the rebel coalition said the coalition had promised not to attack military government camps and positions, in exchange for agreeing not to try to launch attacks using artillery and airstrikes.