The Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF/TNLA)
Founded: 1963, 1976, January 1992, January 2009
Palaung State Liberation Organization (PSLO/A) made a ceasefire to the government
Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) is the army wing of PSLF. Currently, TNLA are fighting alongside the KIA, SSPP/SSA and MNDAA against the government in northern Shan state. There are 3 brigades in TNLA.
After the 2010 elections, the government recognized the areas that Palaung (also known as Ta’ang) inhabit in northern Shan state as an administration zone. However, it remains very underdeveloped and there are very few schools and hospitals.
PSLF’s aims and Objectives:
1. To obtain freedom for all Ta’ang Nationals from oppression.
Commander-in-Chief: Tar Hod Plarng
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), established in 1963 as the Palaung National Army, in 1976 as the Palaung State Liberation Army (PSLA) and in January 1992 as the Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF), was formed in January 2009 to provide practical protection for the Ta’ang Palaung region. After a ceasefire agreement was signed between the military government and the PSLA in April 1991, divisions within the group led to the formation of the PSLF. The PSLF/TNLA pursues the political goal of building a federal union that guarantees democracy, human rights and self-determination.
The group cooperates militarily with the four-member Northern Alliance, and the Three Brotherhood Alliance, and is also a member of the United Wa State Army (UWSA)-led Federal Political Negotiation Consultative Committee (FPNCC). Despite talks with the government representatives on a ceasefire, heavy fighting with the military continues. Clashes also occur with the Restoration Council of Shan States (RCSS/SSA) in northern Shan State.
The TNLA along with the Three Brotherhood Alliance, has declared seven unilateral ceasefires between 2019 and 2020, and some fighting continues due to Tatmadaw’s offensives. The group has acknowledged the outcome of the 2020 general elections and released a four-point statement on November 11th, 2020, calling for an end to the civil war in the post-election political landscape. Among the four points in the group’s statement was a call for an end to the military offensives in ethnic areas, particularly in Rakhine State.
Ceasefire & Peace Process
Ceasefire & Peace Process: Non-ceasefire group
Central Committee: 23
Liaison offices: N/A