Risk of Armed Conflict Heightened on Myanmar Border – The Organization for World Peace

“The military pushed Myanmar to the brink of disaster in just a few weeks. More than 500 people were killed and thousands were on the run,” the German foreign minister said.

Following the military takeover in Myanmar, the crisis appears to be accompanied by an uprising of ethnic armed groups, increasing the risk of conflict. The political upheaval in Myanmar and the unrest it is causing threaten to lead to a civil war in the Southeast Asian country, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned in an interview on Sunday, according to the agency. DW press (Germany). “No country in the region wants Myanmar to be in a civil war,” Foreign Minister Maas told Funke media. Many countries around the world are increasing pressure on Myanmar’s military leaders after they used violence to quell protests against the coup and the military government. More than 550 civilians were killed, according to local media.

Since mid-February, clashes between KIO/A and the army have occurred almost daily in northern Shan State. Clashes also erupted in four towns in Kachin state from March 11, prompting hundreds to flee their homes. A local chief in San Pya village, Hpakant town, told Al Jazeera that explosions and gunfire woke him around 2 a.m. on March 15. About 3 hours later, a rocket launcher grenade (RPG) fell on the village, destroying a lodge. People continued to find unexploded ordnance later on the street. At least 100 women and children from the village, where the majority Christian community is located, must take refuge in nearby churches.

“If the fighting continues, even in the church, it won’t be safe. We the people have no weapons, so we are afraid,” the leader said. Meanwhile, on March 16, military commander Min Aung Hlaing said the protests had “turned into riots and violence”. He also said that the police “are responsible for controlling demonstrations according to democratic rules with maximum restraint”, and that the army “helps the police to be behind the scenes when needed.” to resolve difficulties and obstacles. The shooting, he said, was aimed at “dissolving the protesters, making members of the security forces and victims”.

KIO/A is one of dozens of ethnic armed groups in Myanmar. More than 100,000 people were forced from their homes after a ceasefire collapsed in 2011. Although the KIO/A and the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) were unable to achieve an official ceasefire, the region has seen relatively few exchanges of paintings since late 2018. the most powerful and threatening ethnic armed groups have been called “illegal associations” or “terrorist groups” by the government. When Tatmadaw took power, however, public opinion seemed to change. Apologies to minorities have become commonplace on social media, while calls for the creation of a federal army to protest military rule have grown.

Several ASEAN foreign ministers have condemned the violence in Myanmar. China, which was cautious about the political upheaval, also expressed support for holding a meeting with regional leaders in Myanmar. According to the AFP news agency, 10 of Myanmar’s armed insurgent groups held online talks on the coup on Tuesday, raising fears of a wide-ranging conflict. Bigger can break out in this country. In Myanmar, there are about twenty ethnic armed groups which control numerous territories, mainly in the border areas. The Ta’ang National Liberation Force, the National Democratic Union of Myanmar and the Arakan Army (AA) group have previously said that if the government army does not stop the bloodshed, they will “would cooperate with protesters and demonstrators”.