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The Three Brotherhood Alliance, made up of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Rakhine Arakan Army (AA) and Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) , is also known simply as the Brotherhood Alliance.

Three Brotherhood Alliance have announced in a statement made 04 March 2020 a 25 day extension to the unilateral ceasefire. The statement said that the ceasefire would be extended from March 1 to March 25 with the aim to build a peaceful environment for the 2020 elections, to implement negotiations and peace talks practically so that the bilateral ceasefire agreement could be signed, peace established and the civil war ended, and to provide collective support to overcome the Corona virus.

The Brotherly Alliance said in the statement that the Myanmar Tatmadaw continues to intensify land, air and naval offensive operations against the Arakan Army, a member of the alliance. Similarly, military operations and fighting continues to occur in in Ta’ang and Kokang areas. Therefore the three members of the Brotherhood Alliance have announced that Tatmadaw military operations would be monitored within the time limit of the ceasefire extension period.

The Brotherly Alliance said in the statement that the Myanmar Tatmadaw continues to intensify land, air and naval offensive operations against the Arakan Army, a member of the alliance. Similarly, military operations and fighting continues to occur in in Ta’ang and Kokang areas. Therefore the three members of the Brotherhood Alliance announced that Tatmadaw military operations would be monitored within the time limit of the ceasefire extension period.

The Three Brotherhood Alliance urged the Tatmadaw to immediately cease offensive operations against ethnic armed organisations and expressed the desire for negotiations to be held and a bilateral ceasefire agreement to be signed as soon as possible.

According to the Statement on 26 March 2020 of the Three Brotherhood Alliance on the current political situations and the government of Myanmar’s designating the ULA/AA as an illegal terrorist organization "The heinous act of the government of Myanmar which designated one of the members of our Three Brotherhood Alliance, the ULA/AA, as an illegal terrorist organization declared on 23 March 2020 has destroyed a hope for the stalled political negotiations and rather headed for serious political crisis. We will continue to implement military and political cooperation with the ULA/AA according to the previous practice while categorically rejecting the government of Myanmar’s unfounded and unwarranted accusation against the ULA/AA. We will stand in solidarity."

By May 2020 the Myanmar military had unequivocally rejected calls for an unconditional nationwide ceasefire to enable non-state armed ethnic groups to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic better. This comes despite the appeals of international figures, prominent individuals and armed groups.

De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s four-year-old government has long sought to end Myanmar’s multiple ethnic wars with historic peace talks. But those talks have sputtered, while only 10 of the country’s 20-some ethnic armies have signed a 2015 nationwide cease-fire pact that is seen as the foundation of peace talks.

The Brotherhood Alliance trio, which has not signed the agreement, also announced 01 June 2020 that it was extending a current unilateral cease-fire from June 1 to Aug. 31, and issued an appeal for both sides to protect civilians, end the civil war, and assist with coronavirus prevention activities.

The announcement came three days after the AA launched a retaliatory attack on a border guard outpost in Rakhine state, killing four policemen and capturing six others. The AA also seized three family members of the officers, but later released them. The AA ambushed the outpost to strike back at government soldiers for an attack on the AA in Paletwa township of abutting Chin state, which the Arakan force also claims as its territory.

In March, the Myanmar government declared the AA, a predominantly Buddhist force that seeks greater autonomy for ethnic Rakhine people in the region, an illegal association and terrorist group — raising the stakes in a conflict that begin with AA attacks on government border posts in late 2018 and early 2019.




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