My latest EBO briefing paper is available for download here.
As the Union Peace Conference was taking place in Nay Pyi Taw from 12 – 16 January 2016 tensions between the armed forces of the Restoration Council Shan State/Shan State Army – South (RCSS/SSA-S) and the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army in northern Shan State continued.
Conflict between the two sides first occurred on 27 November 2015, little more than a month after the RCSS signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 15 October 2015. The fact that conflict occurred between the two sides, one signatory and one non-signatory to the NCA, should be of serious concern. At a time when the peace process is set to be handed over to the newly elected NLD, the clashes have highlighted tensions that exist with ethnic groups, not just organisations, at a much more micro level.