军队和克伦民族联盟会面以缓解持续的紧张局势

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Tatmadaw and KNU to meet to ease persistent tension
The Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) is set to meet on Tuesday in a bid to ease the tension over a road construction conducted by troops on a road in Lu Thaw township in Kayin State, which is inside the territory of the ethnic armed group.

The ethnic armed group’s vice chairperson Padoh Saw Kwel Htoo Win and general secretary Padoh Saw Tado Mu will lead the delegation that will meet in Nay Pyi Taw the Tatmadaw negotiation team led by Lt-Gen Yar Pyae.

The Tatmadaw road project in Ler Mu Plaw area in Lu Thaw township started last year. The KNU armed wing Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5 controls the area, the ethnic armed group said.

The KNU said that there are still tension with the Tatmadaw over the road project which has been suspended.

Also part of the talk is the accusation of the KNU that Tatmadaw is expanding its troops in some areas under their control in preparation to resume the road construction.

“We expect that tomorrow’s meeting could reduce the tensions occurring on the ground,” an official from the KNU said.

Although the Tatmadaw had agreed to halt temporarily the road project and withdraw military deployment in the area, a final decision on the project has not been reached.

In March 2018, the Tatmadaw asked KNU Brigade 5 to let the rebuilding of road continue. The Tatmadaw said they would use the road to deliver food supplies to villages. TheKNU troops in the area asked the Tatmadaw to use only horses and people to construct the road and not use heavy equipment and vehicles.

The Tatmadaw did not agree to the condition set by KNU and deployed more troops in the area, resulting in several clashes that finally ended in May after the military agreed to stop the project, according to the KNU.

FROM : MYANMAR TIMES