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Restoration Council of Shan State/ Shan State Army

သွ်မ္းျပည္ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရး ေကာင္စီ (သွ်မ္းျပည္ တပ္မေတာ္ - ေတာင္ပိုင္း) 

Government: Shan State Army - South

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SUMMARY

Founded: 1964/1996

Headquarters: Loi Tai Leng, Southern Shan State

Controlled Area: Mong Ton, Mong Hsat in Eastern Shan State, Mong Pan, Mong Nai, Laikha, Kunhing, Lawksawk, Maukmai, Mongkaung, Nam Sang in Southern Shan State, Kyaukme and Nam Kham in Northern Shan State

Estimated Strength: 6,000+

Leader: Lt.Gen. Yawdserk

The SSA-S was formed from the Shan United Revolutionary Army (SURA) by Lt-Gen.Yawd Serk that opposed the ceasefire with the government made by the mainstream SSA, now known as SSA-N. The SURA was a breakaway faction of the Mong Tai Army led by drug lord Khun Sa and previously the original Shan State Army.

Affiliations: Former Communist Party of Burma (CPB), Shan United Revolutionary Army (SURA) and Mong Tai Army (MTA)

CEC

  • Chairman: Lt.Gen. Yawdserk
  • Vice Chairman: Maj.Gen. Sai Yi
  • Vice Chairman: Col. Kherh Ngeun
  • Secretary: Lt.Col. Siri

Peace Process

New Ceasefire: 2 Dec 2011

4th resistance group to sign ceasefire with the new government

Stage 2: Union level peace talks
Attacks since 2010?


Official delegation team

Chief Negotiator: Brig Gen Pawng Kherh


Liaison offices

  1. Taung Gyi - 22/02/2012
  2. Keng Tung - 22/02/2012
  3. Tachilek - 29/02/2012
  4. Mong Hsat - 29/02/2012
  5. Kho Lam - 21/03/2012
  6. Murngpan - 06/04/2014
  7. Muse*
  8. Namkam*

Meetings

 #  Date  Location  Armed Group Rep  Govt Rep  Details
1 19/11/11 Thai-Shan border Yawd Serk Aung Min nformal ceasefire
Other SSA-S delegates: Sao Khuen Sai
Mediators: Nay Win Maung, Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing and Tin Maung Than, Harn Yawngwe
2 02/12/11 Taunggyi Sai Lu Aung Min State level 8 point ceasefire
Other govt delegates: Khin Maung Soe, Col Aung Thu, the minister of Border Affairs and Security; Shan State Chief of Justice Maung Maung; and General Staff Officer (Grade-1) of Triangle Regional Command Lt-Col Zaw Tun Myint.
3 01/01/12 Taunggyi U Khin Maung Soe Preparatory meeting
4 16/01/12 Taunggyi Sai Baung Khe Aung Min Union level 11 point ceasefire
Other govt Delegates: U Win Tun, Minister of Forestry; No 2 Electric Power Minister, U Khin Maung Soe; Sao Aung Kyat, Chief Minister of Shan State; Deputy Minister of Defense, U Zaw Win; Attorney General, U Tun Tun Oo; Minister of Shan State Border Security, Col Aung Thu; Col Kyaw Soe Lin (Defense ministry); Triangle Region G1, Col Zaw Tun Myint and Central Eastern Region G1, Col Zaw Min Aye.
5 19/05/12 Kengtung Yawd Serk Aung Min To keep the peacemaking talks on track, reached a 12-point agreement
Myanmar Deputy Commander-in-Chief Gen Soe Win, Union Minister for Energy U Than Htay, Union Minister forElectric Power No.2 U Khin Maung Soe, Shan State ChiefMinister U Sao Aung Myat, Commander of EasternCommand Maj-Gen Soe Htut, Commander of Central EastCommand Brig-GenTo keep the peacemaking talks on track, reached a 12-point agreement Myanmar Deputy Commander-in-Chief Gen Soe Win Union Minister for Energy U Than Htay, Union Minister forElectric Power No.2 U Khin Maung Soe, Shan State ChiefMinister U Sao Aung Myat, Commander of EasternCommand Maj-Gen Soe Htut, Commander of Central EastCommand Brig-Gen Tun Tun Naung, Commander of TriangleRegion Command Maj-Gen Than Tun Oo, Deputy AttorneyGeneral U Tun Tun Oo, Shan State Minister for Security andBorder Affairs Col Aung Thu and Col Kyaw Soe Win ofCommander-in-Chief (Army)’s Office Tun Tun Naung, Commander of TriangleRegion Command Maj-Gen Than Tun Oo, Deputy AttorneyGeneral U Tun Tun Oo, Shan State Minister for Security andBorder Affairs Col Aung Thu and Col Kyaw Soe Win ofCommander-in-Chief (Army)’s Office
6 28/10/12 Tachilek Pawng Kherh Col. Aung Thu (Shan State border affairs) Tripartite 9 point anti-drug agreement between SSA-S, government and UNODC Observer: Jason Eligh (UNODC-Myanmar)
7 10/06/2013 Naypyitaw Yward Serk Thein Sein, Aung Min,Soe Thein, Myanmar Peace Center President said to cooperate Reposition of Arms groups,Resettlement of People,Job Creation,Education and Developmental Project.For constitution amendment, Hluttaw will proceed. RCSS said they are fighting not for Confederation State, it is for Federal, Democracy, Self determination, Participation.
8 12/07/2013 Chiang Mai, Thailand MPC Technical Team (informal)
9 15/08/2013 MPC in Yangon Col. Sai La Hla Maung Shwe, Aung Naing Oo and Dr. Min Zaw Oo they discussed about nationwide ceasefire and political talks. RCSS also claimed Govt forces retreats from near the RCSS military camp. it's an informal meeting.
10 23/08/2013 Yangon RCSS + KNU MPC Ethnics' technical team led by KNU and RCSS discuss on Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with MPC technical team.
11 31/08/2013 Nay Pyi Taw RCSS + KNU+ CNF (Gen. Mu Tuu Say Phoe, Maj. Tu Tu Lay from KNU, Maj. Sai La and Maj. Sai Mein from RCSS) "Vice president Sai Mauk Kham - Vice Senior General Soe Win, U Aung Min, U Thein Zaw" UPWC president Sai Mauk Kham expected to get nation wide ceasefire in October. (1) commitment of ceasefire (2) framework from both sides negotiation for political dialouge (3) all inclusiveness in Conference (4) midterm working process negotiations is proposed by KNU- RCSS. It's an informal meeting.
12 02/09/2013 Taunggyi RCSS/SSA, PNO, Ya La La Pha Shwe Mann/ Aung Than Htut Informal meeting
13 07/09/2013 Chiang Mai, Thailand RCSS/ KNU MPC-Aung Min/ Khin Yee/ MPC Informal meeting
The 14 point draft nationwide ceasefire accord presented by the ethnic armed movements was in principle accepted by the government’s technical team, according to the briefing given by Karen and Shan representative at the Working Group for Ethnic Coordination (WGEC) meeting held in Chiangmai last Friday, 6 September.“The wording as well as some specifics need some touch-up,” the Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) representatives were informed on 23 August in Rangoon.Specifics include Human Rights issues (Point #13) where the WGEC has proposed regional independent Human Rights Committees be established. “A National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has been set up by the government,” the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) was reported as saying. “The proposition therefore will need some careful treatment.”
14 20/09/2013 Taunggyi RCSS, SSPP, PNLO U Aung Min (UPWC) Informal meeting
This is an informal meeting between UPWC and RCSS, SSPP, and PNLO in Taunggyi city. U Aung Min and delegations from RCSS, SSPP and PNLO attend the Shan-Kayah-Mon state Trust Building Conference holds on 21-23 Sept 2013. RCSS seems to discuss about the recent clahes betwenn RCSS and Myanmar army in southern Shan state.
15 18/06/2014 Chaing Rai, Mae Khong river bank, Golden Triangle Gen Yawd Serk - Aung Min and MPC Informal meeting
Govt representatives U Aung Min with MPC people and RCSS leader have dinner at the bank of the Maekong river in Chaing Rai, Thailand.
16 14/07/2014 Chiang Mai, Thailand Maj. Gen. Paung Khur, Col. Sai Hla, Col. Sai Nguen, U Khun Hseng (PI) Hla Maung Shwe, Dr. Min Zaw Oo, Dr. Andrew, Aung Naing Oo, Nyo Ohn Myint Informal meeting
They discussed about next round of peace talk and other peace related issue. This is an informal meeting between RCSS and MPC technical teams.

Developments

So far the local monitoring group is yet to be formed. U Aung Min said earlier that he was still drafting rules and regulations for the said body.

Points presented for the first step of peace process:

U Aung Min RCSS
  1. To make ceasefire
  2. To form delegation and set up offices for communication
  3. To allow each party without arms to pass through each party’s area of control
  4. To set up the date and venue for political negotiation with Naypyidaw level
  1. To make ceasefire
  2. To be able to discuss politics
  3. To set up development area
  4. To cooperate in the drug eradication

Liaison offices

  • Taunggyi, Kengtung, Kholam, Tachilek and Mongton

Monitoring

  • Two sides to conduct joint field survey
  • A peace-monitoring group will be formed before the end of July 2012 after thenomination by the two sides of suitable persons"
    • RCSS organized a meeting of the Shan State scholars on 22-23/08/2012 and formed this Peace Monitoring Committee consisting of 19 members
    • the SSA field team leader Brig-Gen Pawng Kherh told SHAN, 19 people, some of them highly regarded in the Shan community, have volunteered to become Peace Monitors to be watchdogs against truce violations between government troops and the armed resistance.
    • U Aung Min, the government’s key negotiator, said on 1 July that regulations for peace monitors were still being drafted and that the body would include people nominated by the government, the resistance and the media."

Military

  • Coordinate with each other in advance before moving with arms out of designated positions.
  • The two sides will remain at positions agreed upon by both sides.
  • Designation of areas will be discussed further at the Union level talks.

Resettlement

  • Government will assist families of the RCSS/SSA members to earn adequate.
  • National ID cards will be issued to members, family members and people residingwith the RCSS/SSA.

Economic

  • Special industrial zone will be set up and controlled by the RCSS.
  • RCSS/SSA is permitted to request assistance from and coordinate with NGOs and INGOs.
    • The 10-day visit inside the country from 15-24 January 2012, included the signing of the Union level agreement for security and development and meetings with both Shan political parties and civil societies. Shan State Army – (RCSS/SSA) leaders concluded a seven-day tour of businesses. At the invitation of the government peace team led by Railway Minister Aung Min, a seven-member RCSS/SSA team visited Rangoon and Mandalay and a three-member team visited Muse in northern Shan State
  • Has set up a 6 companies under the name Shan Taung Tan Cherry on 14 May 2012, these include travel and tours gems and jewelry, trading, services, industry and hotel.

Social

  • Government will assist the RCSS/SSA in the preservation and promotion of Shan literature and culture
  • RCSS/SSA will be allowed to register its Tai Freedom news agency after the new media law comes into effect

Political

  • Members and supporters of RCSS/SSA who are in prison will be released except for those who have been imprisoned on criminal charges.
  • Two sides will continue to build up mutual trust to enable the RCSS/SSA to be totally withdrawn from the list of unlawful associations.
  • The RCSS/SSA is free to hold political consultations with individuals, groups and communities throughout the country
    • A small team of SSA led by Awng Hseuk spoke to the public gathering in Pongpakhem, located 16 km north of the Thai-Burma border and announced that the SSA-S will stop collecting taxes and recruits from the ordinary people. (19/01/2012)
    • The RCSS/SSA will urge the people for their participation in the political negotiations with the government during the upcoming 2013 (14/12/2012)

Drugs

  • Government, UNODC and RCSS will undertake survey in Mongnai and Mongpan townships
  • Choose sites for crop substitution pilot project
  • Plans for the crop substitution pilot project will be jointly drawn up, explained and discussed with the people, and then implemented
  • The crop substitution pilot project at the chosen sites will be implemented by the government-UNODC-RCSS as soon as possible*
  • UNODC will render technical assistance to the government-RCSS crop substitution project sites and discuss with international donors for the provision of immediately needed funds for the project
  • RCSS will keep the local people as well as its members informed on protection against the dangers of drugs, reduction and total eradication of opium cultivation, cooperation in the control of drugs and implementation of the crop substitution project
  • For effective implementation CCDAC, Shan State Police Force and RCSS will each appoint contact persons and exchange information through email, telephone and other appropriate means
  • Security issues in the joint CCDAC-UNODC and RCSS crop substitution project sites will be presented to the higher authorities

Clashes + Ceasefire Breaches

68 clashes GVT Army - 44 PMFs - 24 Kyaukme, Mawkmai, Mongkeung, Kunheing, Mongnai, Mongpiang, Mongton, Mong Yawng, Tachilek, RCSS/SSA captured 69 assorted weapons, killed 113 and wounded 129

People in Laikha township, Shan State South, where the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ is active, has been warned by military authorities to steer clear of the SSA or face charges on Section 17-1 (unlawful association) 22/10/2012

The UWSA and RCSS/SSA had a military standoff in mid-June 2012 when Wa troops surrounded the SSA-S camp of Lwal Kaw Wun, based in Mong Hsat, eastern Shan State, after Shan soldiers apparently trespassed into Wa areas.The two armed groups plan to have further negotiations to solve the border dispute so that future confrontations can be avoided. The UWSA released around 20 soldiers from the RCSS/SSA following a meeting between representatives of the two groups in August 2012.


Partnerships

RCSS and UWSA held a second meeting for counteract narcotic drugs and harvest replacement planning (28-29 December 2012),

Shan Conference named "Trust building for peace" held in Taw-win-ninsi hall, Shwegontai, Yangon on 26 November 2012. Minister Aung Min, chief negotiator, gave the opening speech. Minister Aung Min and Minister Soe Thein attended the meeting. Some 150 Shan Representatives from SNLD, SNDP, TNDP, RCSS/SSA, SSPP/SSA, NDAA and others attended the meeting.

SNLD chairperson U Khun Tun Oo visited Mongla on 6-9 Dec 2012 and he met Mongla leader U Sai Leun and was accompanied by RCSS/SSA liaison officers.

PNLO anti-drug partnership


International Partnerships

UNODC - tripartite agreement

MPSI
2/9/12 : Representatives of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative, Norwegian Refugee Council, the Shan State Army –South/Restoration Council of Shan State, and Shan Relief and Development Committee met to discuss the proposed pilot projects under the MPSI. The participants agreed to conduct an assessment among internally-displaced persons’ camps, to learn their concerns, needs, and aspirations for the future. ‘Needs’ will mean both immediate needs in their host communities and in areas of return. This survey will be conducted at the end of the rainy season 2012, approximately late October, and will be implemented by local Shan organisations. Press Release


Business concessions:


Statements

Oct 04, 2014 - SNLD, SNDP, RCSS, and SSPP released a joint statement

Oct 03, 2014 - Shan leaders sent an open letter to president

Oct 03, 2014 - RCSS released a statement on Myanmar army launch military operation on SSPP

Jun 26, 2014 - On International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Feb 14, 2014 - RCSS leader Lt Gen Yawd Serk interview by Irrawaddy

Feb 14, 2014 - RCSS leader Lt Gen Yawd Serk reselected for chairman

Feb 13, 2014 - RCSS recruited new 4,000 members with 4 years

Dec 23, 2013 - RCSS’s analysis over pilot drug eradication project with UNODC and govt - Bur

Dec 23, 2013 - RCSS’s analysis over pilot drug eradication project with UNODC and govt - Eng

Dec 09, 2013 - Interview with RCSS leader Yawrt Serk

Nov 09, 2013 - RCSS statement on 11 common position - Bur

Nov 09, 2013 - RCSS statement on 11 common position - Eng

Nov 02, 2013 - An interview with RCSS representative Col Sai Hla in 7 days news.

Oct 26, 2013 - KNU and RCSS joint Statement - Bur

Oct 26, 2013 - KNU and RCSS joint Statement - Eng

Oct 01, 2013 - RCSS statement to ask govt and army to follow the agreement.

Jul 17, 2013 - KNU & RCSS Joint Statement

Jun 29, 2013 - RCSS statement on peace talk with UPWC

Jun 26, 2013 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Feb 16, 2013 - RCSS leader interview on Irrawaddy news

Jan 19, 2013 - RCSS-Statement 13th Annual Meeting Headquarters Loi Tai Leng

Dec 14, 2012 - RCSS/SSA launched their 5 aims for the future politics on one year anniversary of ceasefire agreement

Dec 13, 2012 - Brig Gen Pawng Kherh said if anyone were to be prosecuted with Section 17-1 (unlawful association) for assisting in the peace process, the first one should be his Naypyitaw counterpart U Aung Min.

Nov 08, 2012 - Further violations of the ceasefire by the government army may result in the collapse of the treaty, warned Lt-Gen Yawdserk

Oct 29, 2012 - RCSS Statement Standpoint SNLD

Oct 26. 2012 - A meaningful and successful political dialogue means both sides must be willing to make concessions - Lt-Gen Yawdserk

Oct 19, 2012 - RCSS/SSA launched a statement that it supporting to the standpoint of SNLD

Sep 12, 2012 - RCSS/SSA commanders say they are frustrated with the government in trying to establish a true ceasefire, saying it was only with Naypyidaw, but not the government army.

Aug 24, 2012 - A recent report submitted by the month long RCSS/SSA field trip to its leadership says most people, despite the on and off clashes with the government Army, have recommended continued talks to reach a political solution is the best option available at present

Jul 02, 2012 - Statement to urge Shan State people

Mar 21, 2012 - RCSS Statement: Policy to be implemented during ceasefire

Jan 27, 2012 - Statement on Union Level Peace Negotiation

Jan 13, 2012 - Statement on the release of Sao Khun Htoon Oo and political prisoners by Burmese government

Dec 10, 2011 - Statement on the ceasefire agreement between Burmese government and RCSS/SSA

Oct 20, 2011 - RCSS Statement Seeking Opinion and Suggestions possibility of peace talks

Aug 15, 2011 - Statement on the Accusation of RCSS/SSA by Burmese Government Press Conference

Jun 26, 2011 - Statement on the World’s Anti-Drugs Day

Mar 27, 2011 - Statement of condolence on the damage caused by the strong earthquake in Loi Muay, Tachilek and Keng Tung, Eastern Shan State

Mar 04, 2011 - Statement on Shan State Army launched a raid on the drug refinery of militia unit of Wan Zit tract, NamZarn Township

Nov 09, 2010 - RCSS Statement on Battle Between Dkba and Spdc

Nov 07, 2010 - RCSS-Statement-on Election

Aug 21, 2010 - SRCS Letter-to UN For bilateral dialogue regarding Union of Burma

Jun 26, 2010 - Statement on World Anti-Drugs Day

Mar 27, 2011 - Statement of condolence on the damage caused by the strong earthquake in Loi Muay, Tachilek and Keng Tung, Eastern Shan State

Apr 30, 2010 - Statement on SSPP/SSA’s Transformation into Home Guard Force

Jan 18, 2010 - RCSS-Meeting-Statement

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