Summary of News

1. Supporters rally outside UN Headquarters to show support for Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun’s continued UN position

A rally in support of Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, the incumbent Myanmar Representative to the United Nations, for his continued tenure at the United Nations, took place outside the UN Headquarters. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun and Deputy Foreign Minister U Moe Zaw Oo were in attendance.

The UN Credential Campaign Rally demanding the UN Credentials Committee to officially recognise incumbent Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun as the Ambassador representing Myanmar was held at the Dag Hammerskjold Plaza with the theme “Our Ambassador, Our Voice.” Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun and Deputy Foreign Minister U Moe Zaw delivered remarks at the rally.

Thousands of Burmese people and ethnic groups from across the United States attended the rally. In addition to advocating for Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun’s continued role as Myanmar’s UN Representative, they demanded that the international community, including the UN, reject the military group responsible for the atrocities in Myanmar and support Myanmar’s efforts to end the military dictatorship. Then, they marched from the UN Headquarters to Time Square in the centre of New York City, shouting slogans.

2. Myanmar faces severe instability under dictatorial rule, lacking people’s representative government

In order to celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, observed on September 16, the Union Minister of the NUG’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) issued a statement, and Deputy Minister Khun Saw Hpu read the statement.

The statement read, “Right now, our country, Myanmar, has reached the lowest state of instability due to the rule of a dictatorial system rather than a government elected by its people. As a result, people are losing their basic economic, social, and cultural rights, leaving them extremely vulnerable in the face of the current climate change situation.”

Following the military’s seizure of power of the country, there has been a surge in deforestation and illegal logging in the country.

3. Secretary of the Ministry of Defence notes declining morale among military council troops

U Naing Htoo Aung, Secretary of the NUG’s Ministry of Defence, stated during a Live Talk for KNDF Strategy 6’s fundraising campaign, “Military Divisions Dissolve Upon Arrival in Karenni State” on September 16, “2023 has seen significant successes. Currently, both EROs and PDFs are collaborating. The PDFs emerged during the Spring Revolution and have been cooperating with other armed resistance organisations. On the other side, it’s clear that the morale of the military council’s troops is already collapsing. Moreover, both the people and the international community have shown increased faith in us. Once, they claimed that the military council would not fall, even as experts reviewed it that way.”

From August 2, 2023, to September 7, 2023, the combined forces of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Battalion 18, operating under the Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 6, and its resistance allies launched 12 attacks, either by guerrillas or through exchanges of gunfire between the two sides, against the military council forces on the Kawkareik-Myawaddy Road, part of the Asian Highway network. The military council troops were taking control of the area under the pretence of repairing a bridge on the road that had been affected by landslides.

In the course of these attacks, 31 members of the military council troops were killed, 26 other of them sustained injuries, and 7 military vehicles were destroyed.

4. Mogok-based PDF forces issue a military alert to residents amid ongoing operation in the area

On September 17, the Facebook page of Mogok-based People’s Defence Force (PDF) battalions issued a warning to the residents of Mogok Town and surrounding area to be alert and pay special attention to the military news as they were conducting Operation Moe Lone Hmine.

According to their Facebook statement, Operation Moe Lone Hmine was a joint effort involving Mogok-based PDF Battalions 1221, 1222, and 1223, along with the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the armed wing of the Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF). The statement mentioned that some missions of the operation were withdrawn out of concern for public safety. Consequently, the statement urged the public to carefully consider their movements and advised avoiding areas in close proximity to military council members.

As part of Operation Moe Lone Hmine, fierce battles broke out in East Mogok and West Mogok on September 15, and the military council also launched three aerial bombardments.

5. A landmine attack on military council DIY vehicle armours on Shwebo Town Bypass Road leaves one soldier dead and several injured

A Shwebo-based local people’s defence force (LPDF) known as “Borderless Shweboan” claimed on September 15 that it had launched a mine attack against two DIY military vehicle armours carrying over 40 military council troops from the No. 8 Military Training School in Shwebo Township as they were travelling on the Shwebo Town bypass road. The attack resulted in the death of one soldier on board and injuries to many others, according to the LPDF.

The mine attack was reportedly a joint operation involving the Borderless Shweboan LPDF, Shwebo ThaKinGyi Group, and Shwebo Underground Team at around 10:00 p.m. on September 14. After the mine attack, some of the military council troops were reportedly hiding near the bypass road until the next morning.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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