NAY PYI TAW September 16
A press conference on movements of ethnic armed organizations in five military command areas during the ceasefire period, progress of internal peace process, and current events in northern Shan State took place at Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw from 3 pm to 5 pm on 23 August 2019. It was attended by 15 members of Tatmadaw True News Information Team and 49 reporters from 29 media.
Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo started clarification, saying that he would explain breaking of disciplines by ethnic armed organizations from 22 July to 14 August 2019 in five military command areas where ceasefire was condu-cted after releasing the Statement on ceasefire and eternal peace on 21 December 2018. During the aforesaid period, there were no engagements among armed organizations.
There was no clash between the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organizations in Northern Command area. KIA committed movements beyond the designated area 11 times, collected extortion three times and recruited new members once. In North-East Command area, TNLA engaged with the Tatmadaw seven times, acted movements beyond the designated area eight times, and collected extortion once. KIA and TNLA groups engaged with the Tatmadaw once. MNDAA clashed with the Tatmadaw three times and committed movement beyond the designated area once. KIA and MNDAA groups engaged with the Tatmadaw three times. SSA (Wunhai) clashed with the Tatmadaw once, committed move-ments beyond the designated area four times, collected extortion two times and recruited new members two times. RCSS/SSA moved beyond the designated area four times and recruited new members once. They clashed with the Tatma-daw 15 times, committed movements beyond the designated area 17 times, collected extortion three times and recruited new members three times in North-East Command area. Similar events did not happen in Eastern Command and Triangle Region Command areas. In Eastern Central Command area, RSCC/SSA moved beyond the designated area two times and recruited new members four times. During the period, they clashed with the Tatmadaw 15 times, committed movements beyond the designated area 30 times, collected extortion six times and recruited new members eight times. With regarding to breaking disciplines from 22 July to 14 August 2019, TNLA clashed with the Tatmadaw seven times as the highest amount. There was no clash among armed groups. KIA committed the largest number of movements beyond the designated area with 11 times as well as the most collection of extortion with three times. RCSS was top on the chart of recruiting new members with five times. During the eight month period, TNLA in engaging with the Tatmadaw 32 times was the most discipline breaking group during the eight month period. RCSS/SSA clashed with TNLA 42 times. TNLA broke the discipline of movements beyond the designa-ted area 215 times. RCSS/SSA was the top collection of extortion 31 times as well as the top recruitment 32 times. During the eight month period, they clashed with the Tatmadaw 112 times and with each other 45 times, committed movements beyond the designated areas 615 times, collected extortion 72 times, and recruited new members 94 times. He said he would like to mention seizures of narcotic drugs. The Tatmadaw seized more than 1,450 kilos of heroin, over 1,760 kilos of opium, more than five kilos of black opium and more than 30 million stimulant tablets across the nation, totally amounting to more than Ks-131billion from 1-1-2018 to 31-12-2018. In this regard, the seizure of narcotic drugs amo-unted to more than Ks-17 billion in North-East Command area, more than Ks-48 billion in Eastern Co-mmand area, more than Ks-15 billion in Triangle Region Command area and more than Ks-27 billion in Western Command area. Moreover, the Tatmadaw seized more than 171 kilos of heroin, more than 230 kilos of opium, more than 60 kilos of black opium and more than 44 million of stimulant tablets across the nation from 1-1-2019 to 15-8-2019, totally amounting to more than Ks-217 billion. At this juncture, the seizure of narcotic drugs amou-nted to more than Ks-25 billion in North-East Command area, more than Ks-17 billion in Eastern Co-mmand area, more than Ks-17 billion in Eastern Central Command area, more than Ks-35 billion in Triangle Region Command and about Ks-24 billion in Western Command area. With regard to the seizures from 2017 to 15 August 2019, the seizure amounted to more than Ks-7 billion in 2017, more than Ks-48 billion in 2018 and over Ks-25 billion, totally amounting to more than Ks-81 billion from January to 15 August 2019 in North-East Command area. The volume of seized narcotic drugs was large and they were seized from the area of insurgents and their movement areas. Combating narcotic drug is the national duty of the Tatmadaw. Hence, the Tat-madaw will continue its tasks. Moreover, narcotic drugs were also seized near Ngakwe Village of Namhsam Township at 4.15 pm on 14 August. Over 27 polyethylene bags of stimulant tablets were seized and number of tablets is under scrutiny. The information will be released.
Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi said that he would like to explain the attacks of AA, TNLA and MNDAA insurgents along Union Highway in PyinOoLwin and Nawnghkio townships of North-East Command area on 15 August 2019. All media persons have known the events released by newspapers and broadcast by TV news on seizures of 107mm launcher shells connected with battery and wires during the attack on Defence Services Techno-logical Academy in PyinOoLwin on 15 August 2019, blowing up of Goktwin Bridge, and seizure of TNT explosives which were left at the installed areas, and incidents of PyinOoLwin tollgate, narcotic checkpoint and Goktwin Bridge security camp. All have known that information was released on blowing up of Hsenwi-Namhsalet-Kunglon bridges by insurgent groups, blasting a bridge on the road linking Kutkai and Muse, facts about fighting and situations from 16 and 17 August to date. Every media persons knew some injuries and deaths happened in firing at vehicles of Parahita social association from Lashio with the use of heavy and small weapons. In responding to these events, the Tatmadaw columns engaged with these insurgent groups in performing appropriate security operations. At present, emphasis is being placed on security of Lashio-Muse road. Thanks to concerted efforts in rep-airing, Goktwin Bridge has been back to service. Three bridges were destroyed on the route from Hsenwi to Kunglon. As it is difficult to transport construction workers to repair the bridge as quickly as possible, Tatmadaw military engineering units repaired one bridge under security measures taken by military units. One bridge is under repairs with 30-50 percent complete. The last one is also under repair. No more attack happens on that route. According to the latest information, the route from Kutkai to Muse is not opened yet. Efforts are being made to open the roads from Kutkai to Namphatkar and from Namphatkar to Muse with the strengths of military units. In so doing, the insurgents who committed insurgent attacks on 15 August retreated to various parts. The Tatmadaw columns are in a hot pursuit of them. Some clashes occurred at Mogok-Momeik area.
Hence, the Tatmadaw columns are performing appropriate security operations against the insurgents. He said he would like to reviewthe aforesaid events. Firstly, he saidthe Tatmadaw received various items of information. The information before the event was also received. In performing military operations in Rakhine region, AA groups spread news that they would move to other military fronts as they were in military failure in Rakhine region. As information on other activities were also received, the Tatmadaw took necessary measures. MNDAA insurgent group ambushed a convoy travelling between Chinshwehaw and Laukkai on 12 August before the August 15 event.