Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La urges the development of partner relationships with neighbouring countries

At the Cabinet meeting (6/2023) of the National Unity Government held on February 14, Acting President Duwa Lashi La urged the following regarding partner relationships with neighbouring countries:

“We must be able to build an alliance and unity force within the country in order to stage the final victory of the spring revolution, and we must also try to develop partner relations with neighbouring countries. Our country’s internal issues are directly linked to geopolitical concerns. Therefore, it is necessary to understand that neighbouring countries have different opinions on our Spring Revolution and proceed with practical diplomatic policies. Particularly, we will need to work practically on transforming and developing neighbouring nations into partner nations.”

Additionally, the Acting President emphasised the importance of putting neighbouring countries’ diverse social backgrounds to practical use in politics.

2. Ms. Urza Zeya, Under Secretary of State of the United States, attended the opening ceremony of the Washington office of the NUG Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The opening ceremony of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Unity Government (NUG), the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, was held on the evening of February 13.

The opening ceremony was attended by U Aung Kyi Nyunt, Chairman of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), Daw Zin Mar Aung. NUG’s Foreign Minister; U Htin Linn Aung, Minister of Communications, Information and Technology; U Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Foreign Minister; and U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, as well as Ms. Urza Zeya, Under Secretary of State of the United States, who also delivered opening remarks.

Chairman of the CRPH U Aung Kyi Nyunt said the following in his opening remarks:

“During today’s time period, we have to fight with one voice in one round. We cannot lose; we have to fight to end the revolution. If we cannot finish and if we lose this revolution, it will be very worrying for the new generation. Therefore, we must win it. That’s why I’m urging everyone to fight with one voice.”

Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung remarked, “This year is a turning point for both the people and the National Unity Government. We have to reach a certain level; this is definitely a year of struggle to come up with an answer about who will win and who will lose. Only if the military group can be put to an end quickly will the suffering of the people decrease.” 

Furthermore, Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung stated that the public’s role in the Spring Revolution is critical and that the public is supporting the revolution in all ways.

3. Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung says the military council’s policy on the right to bear arms would increase arms smuggling and sales in border areas

On February 13, Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung concluded that the military council’s policy on the right to bear arms would increase arms smuggling and sales in border areas.

“The economic incentives must be carefully calculated before a policy is set up. According to this policy [the policy set up by the military council], it will affect the weapon factories of the neighbouring countries, and arms smuggling will grow in the border areas. To the official orders, they will add extra lists, which they will later sell on the black market. So it is a policy of watermelon [The term ‘watermelon’ refers to members of the military council whose covers are ‘green’, the colour typically associated with the military, and their internal inclinations towards the National League for Democracy, represented by the colour red,] that will benefit the PDFs.”

The junta issued the order to revive a 1977 law, and a new policy supplementing the 1977 law that allows civilians it deems “loyal to the state” and civil servants to obtain licences and permits to bear arms was enacted on January 31.

4. Salai Isaac Khen says that it is necessary to face the bitter reality of the revolution with courage in order to decisively win it

In a social media post dated February 14 that began, “To not be happy in false hope,” Salai Isaac Khen, an executive member of the Interim Chin National Consultative Council (ICNCC), said that in order to decisively win the revolution, it is necessary to bravely face its bitter reality.

He said, “In order to decisively win the revolution, it is necessary to bravely face its bitter reality. The success of the revolution can be found only on the ground, so the leaders of the revolution must know the movement on the ground. The reality on the ground during the revolution may be bitter, but we need to accept it. We have to accept reality and carry out effective and successful corrections. We can’t be happy with false hopes that aren’t realistically impossible. Let’s move forward realistically.”

The revolutionary forces have gained the most control over the territory in Chin State, but there are still issues to be resolved between the revolutionary forces.

5. Fighting fierce between the military junta forces and the joined forces of PDFs and ERO in the villages in Muse and Kutkai Townships in the northern Shan State

According to reports, fighting is between the military junta forces and the joined forces of PDFs and ERO in the villages in Muse and Kutkai Townships in the northern Shan State and there were exchange of fire between the two side on the morning of February 14.

According to the local residents, clashes have begun since February 11 in Nam Aun village, Hko Mong village, and Nam Hpa Long village in northern Shan State.

On February 13, heavy weapon shells fired by the military council exploded twice in Nam Hpat Kar village in Kutkai Township, injuring a civilian woman.

6. People Defence Force (Kalay) shot to death an ex-military serviceman on his way back from a tea shop in Kalay, seizing weapons and ammunition

Operation Mo Mo (Kalay) team, a People’s Defense Force (Kalay) urban guerrilla squad, claimed it shot to death Ngwe Zin, junta-appointed assistance director at Kalay’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation and an ex-military captain, on his way back from a tea shop.

According to local news media, he was assigned by the junta to guard staff housing in Taung Phila ward, Kalay, and was responsible for burning a total of 80 houses in Sakant village in Kalay township in January.

An automatic rifle, four box magazines, a grenade, ammunition, and some documents were seized from Ngwe Zin, according to the Operation Mo Mo team. The Operation Mo Mo team members were said to be able to safely retreat.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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