(21-23 February 2017)
Kevyn: So we’re losing?
Petey: No, we’re winning expensively.
Schlock Mercenary, Quotes on Pyrrhic Victory
(RCSS/SSA) annual meeting at Loi Taileng, 21 February 2017.(Photo: PI)
From 21-23 February, I was invited to observe the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) annual meeting in its Loi Taileng (Shan Shine Mountain) base that reviewed its past year activities, November 2016- October 2017.
The last time I attended its annual meeting was in 2014, when the SSA South was still embroiled in hundreds of clashes.
Naturally I wanted to know how much progress it has made since the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 15 October 2015.
And also naturally, my problem is to inform the reader what they are entitled to know without, at the same time, revealing sensitive data.
I hope I’ll be doing my best to please both sides.
Day One, Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Sao Yawd Serk opens the meeting with a 10 minute speech extracts of which are as follows:
The following are extracts from the annual reports:
16,333 bags from Nippon Foundation
371, 141, 982 Kyat from Myanmar Peace Center (MPC)
Here are some of the questions asked by the people during the consultations:
Next come the problems faced by the people:
The last are their wishes:
The day ends with dinner at Chairman Sao Yawd Serk’s house, where he talks about his MA studies in Bangkok. One more subject, and one dissertation paper, his school days will be over, he says.
“My teachers have urged me to do a doctorate, but I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it at present.” He’s 60 this year.
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