MP’s urgent proposal to discuss northern Shan State conflict OK’d
A LAWMAKER from the militarybacked Union Solidarity and Development Party submitted an urgent proposal to the lower house yesterday, seeking a discussion on the conflict that broke out last week in northeastern Shan State.
U Maung Thin, representing Meiktila township, posited that the uptick in fighting between the Tatmadaw and the self-styled Northern AllianceBurma threatens the country’s peace process.
Fresh fighting broke out on November 20 when the Northern Alliance, comprised of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), staged attacks on several Tatmadaw and police positions in Muse and Kutkai townships.
Clashes have since spread to additional neighbouring townships.
The proposal from U Maung Thin suggested the offensive by the alliance and continuing hostilities pose a threat to the country’s sovereignty and rule of law.
He also pointed to the economic impact, with the clashes having brought trade on the China border to a grinding halt.
“These attacks encroach on the country’s sovereignty, and also hurt the rule of law and peace and tranquility – and stop the border trading. We found that some businesses have been destroyed,” he said.
MP U Than Soe (USDP; Thazi) seconded the proposal. It was passed with no objections and will go forward for discussion.
MPs who wished to discuss the proposal had to register their interest yesterday, said Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint.
This is second urgent proposal submitted by USDP MPs in the NLD-dominated parliament. In the first regular session, the USDP’s U Than Soe submitted an urgent proposal for removing US economic sanctions, but it was shot down by NLD representatives.
U Myo Zaw Aung (NLD; Kawlin) told The Myanmar Times that NLD MPs had given their support for a discussion this time around.
“Once we objected to their first proposal, some criticised that we are narrow-minded. That’s why we learned our lesson and gave support this time,” he said.