Summary of News

1. Defence Minister reveals that, stepping up from urban guerrillas, the PDF members are getting ready to battle in Yangon

Defence Minister U Yee Mon, in his address at the closing ceremony of the “Dot of Light for Yangon” fundraiser project held on August 20, mentioned the resistance operations in Yangon:

“In Yangon, as we all know, we began with urban guerrillas. At this time, PDF members are getting ready to go up through the urban guerrillas to battle. The ‘Dot of Light for Yangon’ fundraiser project itself is to enhance operations in Yangon. It is crucial to strengthen Yangon. This is the first step of our strategy.”

The military junta is preparing bunker buildings throughout Yangon and has not dared to allow civilians to approach the military’s areas.

2. NUG’s Human Rights Minister delivered an opening speech at the Diplomacy Training Program held in Timor

U Aung Myo Min, Union Minister of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Human Rights, stated on August 21 that he had delivered an opening speech at the 31st of the Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), which will be held from August 21 to September 1, in Timor-Leste.

Union Minister U Aung Myo Min said: “I have been involved with the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) for many years, as a trainee, a course organiser and facilitator, and a course instructor. In this year’s program held in Timor, I participated in the capacity of Union Minister for Human Rights for the National Unity Government, and I delivered an opening speech. The timing of this course is special because of our celebration of the 75th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the fact that it was held in Timor-Leste, a country with a history similar to that of the people of Myanmar.”

Timor-Leste is a partner country that remains an ardent supporter of a free and democratic Myanmar.

3. Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung suggests the public transfer their assets to the Spring Development Bank to prevent devaluation due to the junta’s reckless actions

U Maw Htun Aung, Deputy Minister of the National Unity Government, suggest the public: “Spring Development Bank is the best choice if the public is looking to save their assets with safe gold and foreign currencies because of the costs shooting up and the kyat depreciation as a result of the military council’s reckless actions such as controlling the dollar of export revenue, recklessly issuing 20,000 kyat bank notes, etc. Later, overseas payments for trade will be possible through the bank. It’s a plan to profit while using finance to revolutionise the military junta.”

Currently, Spring Development Bank is offering services in four currencies: Myanmar kyats, Singapore dollars, U.S. dollars, and Thai bahts. It is also working to continue to provide beta activation for 1,000 users on the waiting list once every two days, starting on August 17.

4. The NUG government is seeking ASEAN to set up the Five-Point Consensus with a time-bound action plan to ensure its compliance

On August 21, U Kyaw Zaw, a spokesperson for the Acting President Office, told Radio NUG about the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus.

He stated that despite numerous decisions being taken at ASEAN meetings to achieve it, the terrorist military junta did not comply with the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus, which Indonesia took the initiative to establish by hosting an emergency meeting in April 2021. He also pointed out that the reason the Five-Point Consensus had not been successful was because there was no time limit or mechanism for implementing it. He added that the time-bound action plan to put the consensus into effect has still not been able to be set up, even as of right now, while Indonesia is holding the ASEAN chairmanship.

According to the spokesperson, the NUG has also made the suggestion to ASEAN that there will be a better way to succeed in implementing it if the friendly countries that want to help Myanmar’s politics, including ASEAN and its dialogue partners called “ASEAN Plus,” work together to implement it. He urged, at the forthcoming ASEAN Summit that will be held next month, ASEAN to make a decision on setting a time-bound action plan for the Five-Point Consensus and collective action by “ASEAN Plus,” as suggested by the NUG.

Furthermore, he also called on ASEAN to provide inclusive humanitarian assistance and to come up with approaches to go beyond the military junta that is using the population as hostage and weaponising humanitarian assistance to provide assistance to those in need.

“We can understand that there may be difficulties because consensus is usually required in ASEAN, but the handling [of Myanmar’s issue] has not been satisfactory thus far,” U Kyaw Zaw told Radio NUG.

5. Five junta policemen were killed in Gangaw Township during an attack on the Min Ywa village police outpost

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) Column No. 3 claimed on August 21 that five junta policemen were killed when it and PDF-allied forces launched an attack on the Min Ywa village police outpost in Gangaw Township.

“At around 5:00 p.m. on August 15, the ABSDF Battalion No. 12, the Gangaw District PDF Battalion Nos. 1, 7, 11, 12, and 14, the Minbu District PDF Battalion, the Gangaw Township people’s defence organisation (Gangaw PDO/Pa-Ka-Fa), and the Htilin Township people’s defence organisation (Htilin PDO/Pa-Ka-Fa) joined forces to launch an attack on the Min Ywa village police outpost in Gangaw Township,” the ABSDF stated.

The ABSDF and PDF-allied forces reportedly withdrew at 9:00 a.m. as the military junta launched five 300-pound bombs with a fighter jet, fired artillery from its Gangaw Town-based artillery battalion, and sent reinforcements with about 100 men from its Gangaw-based infantry battalion through the Myittha River’s east bank.

According to the ASBDF, the fight resulted in the deaths of five junta policemen and the injuries of five PDF members, but no fatalities.

6. A skirmish broke out between the military junta forces and the people’s defence forces on the border of Naypyitaw Council Territory

According to the release of the Oppressed People’s Revolutionary Force (OPRF-PLA), at 12:50 p.m. on August 20, 2023, a skirmish broke out between the military junta troops and the OPRF-PLA members between Shwe Makyee village in Naypyitaw Council Territory’s Tatkon Township and Yoe Kuu village in Magway Region’s Myothit Township.

The 30-minute-long fighting reportedly resulted in the deaths of four junta soldiers and the injuries of two more (one of whom was badly injured). OPRF-PLA seized three motorcycles, 25 rounds of 5.56-mm ammo, and one 5.56-mm magazine.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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