Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Myan­mar In­sti­tute for Peace and Se­cu­rity (MIPS) which mon­i­tors ethnic af­fairs and con­flicts re­leased a re­port which says that in 2018 fight­ing among ethnic armed groups was found to be fiercer than fight­ing with the Tat­madaw (govern­ment de­fence ser­vices). This re­port says that the in­sti­tute col­lected data by meet­ing with lo­cal armed groups and lo­cal peo­ple last year and found that north­ern Shan State was the fo­cal point of all con­flicts and ethnic armed groups in Shan State were found to be fight­ing among them­selves. MIPS ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr. Min Zaw Oo said, “In con­sid­er­a­tion of the armed con­flicts in Myan­mar, we can hope for peace only if we can re­solve the con­flicts among ethnic armed forces, not only fight­ing with the Tat­madaw.”

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