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National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State

အမျိုးသားဒီမိုကရေစီ သွေးစည်းညီညွတ်ရေးတပ်မတော်

Government Name: Shan State (East) Special Region No. 4
Other Names: Mongla group



Founded: 1989

Headquarters: Mongla, Eastern Shan State.

Active Regions: Mongla, Shan State (Special Region # 4)

Size: Over 3000

Government Name: Shan State (East) Special Region No. 4

Other Names: Mongla group


Chairman: Sai Leun aka Sai Lin and Lin Mingxian
Vice-Chairman: San Pae/ Hsan Per
General secretary: Sao Hsengla

The National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS), which was formed in 1989 after splitting from the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) and reached a ceasefire agreement with the military government on June 30th of that year, is an ethnic armed organization based in Mong La. Although the group signed state-level and union-level ceasefire agreements in September and December 2011 under U Thein Sein’s government, it did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

There have been no clashes between the military and the NDAA-ESS. Although the group has held informal talks with the NLD-led Peace Commission to sign the NCA, it has participated in the 21st Century Panglong – Union Peace Conference with the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC), of which it is a member.

However, the NDAA-ESS stated on November 30th, 2019 that it believes that peacebuilding has been successful in the 30 years of ceasefire and that the country can only prosper if it follows the path of peaceful development and well-being of its people.

Ceasefire &Peace Process

2nd ceasefire signing group.
Stage 1: State level ceasefire 7 Sept 2011
Stage 2: Union level ceasefire 27 Dec. 2011
Previous ceasefire: 30 June 1989
Official delegation team: Rational

Official delegation team


Liaison offices

Yangon, Taunggyi, Kengtung, Tachilek, and Mandalay (reopened)

Alliances: unknown



 # Date Location Armed Group Rep Govt Rep Details
107/09/2011Kengtung, Shan stateSan PaeAung ThaungState-level 7 point ceasefire agreement
28/10/2011Kengtung, Shan stateSan PaeAung ThaungThe Mong La group will be allowed to reopen its liaison offices, reassignment of staff for ensuring better education, health, agriculture and transport in Special Region (4) and the elimination of illegal narcotic drugs, and signed agreements.
Other govt. delegates: Thein Zaw; the Shan state Chief Minister Sai Aung Myat; Shan State Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Aung Thu; and the Shan state Advocate General Maung Maung
327/12/2011Mongla, Shan stateSai LinAung ThaungUnion Level 6-point ceasefire agreement other NDAA delegates: Vice-Chairman U San Pae and Secretary U Kham Maung
Other govt. delegates: U Thein Zaw, Union Ministers U Ohn Myint and U Win Tun met Chairman of Special Region (4) U Sai Lin, Vice-Chairman U San Pae and Secretary U Kham Maung
406/10/2012Kengtung, Shan stateSai LinMyanmar army chief vice-snr Gen. Min Aung HlaingAgreement to cooperate against drugs
503/12/2012Mongla, Shan stateSai LinAung MinGranted permission to produce 1,000 tons of timber (out of 10,000 tons it had requested), construct hydropower plants and operate mineral mines
Other govt. delegates: U Thein Zaw ,U Soe Thein, President’s Office Minister; Lt-Gen Thein Htay, Border Affairs Minister; Sao Aung Myat, Shan State Chief Minister; Col Aung Thu, Shan State Security and Border Affairs Minister; Maj-Gen Than Tun Oo, Commander, Triangle Region Command; and Maj Gen Aung Soe, Commander, Northeastern Region Command
609/05/2013Mongla, Shan stateNDAAUPWC vice chairman 3 Thein ZawThey discussed 2014 census taking andd ongoing development projects in the area
703/09/2013KengtungNDAAUPWC/ Shwe Manninformal meeting
804/10/2013Pang SangNDAAUPWCinformal meeting
921/03/2014Mong LarNDAA ( Special Region 4 Mongla)Minister U Thein Zaw, vice chairman of the government’s Peace Making CommitteeInformal meeting
7 points joint statement released for the peace between government and NDAA.
1001/03/2014NaypyitawPao Yu Yi, Zhao Zhongdan, U Sam Lu (Khun Sam Lu) and Sao Khun HsengU Thein SeinInformal meeting
Leaders from UWSA, NDAA and SSPP met president Thein Sein after attending the census campaign in Naypyitaw.
1103/03/2014Naypyitawvice-chairman U Sam LuThura U Shwe MannInformal meeting
Along with UWSA leaders, they attended the census campaign.
1225/08/2014NaypyitawNDAA-ESS, U San Pay (Vice chairman) , UWSA – Shao Min Lian (Vice Chairman), SSPP/SSA Gen Khae Taine vice chairmanPresident Thein SeinInformal meeting
1325/08/2014NaypyitawNDAA-ESS, U San Pay (Vice chairman), UWSA – Shao Min Lian (Vice Chairman)Commander In Chief , Min Aung HlaingInformal meeting
1426/08/2014NaypyitawNDAA-ESS, U San Pay (Vice chairman) , UWSA – Shao Min Lian (Vice Chairman), SSPP/SSA Gen Khur Tai vice chairmanParliament Speaker Shwe Mann , Khin Aung MyintInformal meeting



    1. Agrees to continue to hold talks to cooperate with defense forces of the state for security and defense of the state
    2. Cooperate to improve tourism, mining, and electricity in NDAA controlled areas


    • To open tourism areas for Thai and Chinese tourists
    • To allow the NDAA access to mining, coal and gold exploration and production
    • To allow outside business groups to invest in the NDAA areas
    • To send researchers to the area to assess natural resources
    • To allow access to teak wood trading for 10,000 tons, as well as 10,000 tons of other hardwoods
    • To allow NDAA control of border checkpoints and to receive border checkpoint tax fees
    • To allow NGOs and the U.N. to help improve the area
    • To supply NDAA areas with rice, fuel oil and money
  1. Cooperate to improve education, health and transportation in NDAA controlled areas
  2. Government officials will be sent to run government offices in NDAA areas and NDAA people will be sent to work in NDAA liaison offices in government controlled areas
  3. NDAA to take part in government’s 15 year (1999-2014) drug elimination plan


  1. To issue national identification cards for people in the NDAA controlled area of Eastern Shan state
  2. To issue vehicle licenses for people in NDAA areas


Oct 5, 2014 – UWSA and NDAA released a joint statement

Mar 21, 2014 – NDAA and UPWC released the Joint statement for the development issue after ceasefire

Mar 21, 2014 – UPWC and NDAA informal meeting in Mong Lar, NDAA headquarter for the Nationwide ceasefire agreement

Jan 10, 2013 – NDAA, UWSA and SSPP/SSA issued a joint statement for the govt to stop its offensive against the KIO/KIA and start political dialogue


Shan Conference named “Trust building for peace” was held in Taw-win-ninsi hall in Shwegontai Township, Yangon on Nov. 26, 2012. Minister Aung Min (chief negotiator) gave the opening speech. Minister Aung Min and Minister Soe Thein also attended the meeting. One-hundred and fifty Shan representatives from the SNLD, SNDP, TNDP, RCSS/SSA-S, SSPP/SSA-N, NDAA and others attended the meeting.

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

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