The self-proclaimed Government of National Unity (NUG) of Burma, made up of politicians opposed to the military coup, announced this Saturday the agreement with a major rebel ethnic group to fight the Army junta, the first pact of its kind reached by the elected government deposed by the military command.
The NUG and the Chin National Army guerrilla, which operates in the west of the country and still maintains a ceasefire with the Army, reported on the “pact to collaborate in the revolution against the dictatorship and in favor of a federal democracy.”
The agreement was announced hours after the NUG showed a video on Facebook of the graduation ceremony of the first batch of fighters from the Civil Defense Forces, created in April by the dissidents.
The NUG militia aims to overthrow the military junta that seized power in Myanmar on February 1 in a coup and arrested top political leaders, including the ousted de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Chin National Army is a Chin nationalist insurgent group in Myanmar (Burma). It is the armed wing of the Chin National Front (CNF), and was founded on March 20, 1988 together with him. The CNA signed a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government on January 6, 2012.
The Chin National Front (CNF) / Chin National Army (CNA) has been involved in what could be considered terrorist or persecutory activities since its inception
The Chin National Front or Chin National Army is rumored to receive support from known terrorist groups in Burma, India, Bangladesh or elsewhere or carry out extraterritorial terrorist activities in those countries.
Some 120,000 people across Myanmar have been displaced from their homes by fighting between the army with different ethnic guerrillas since the February 1 military coup, according to United Nations data.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) points out in its latest update the urgent need for basic necessities, such as food, aid, medicine and shelter for thousands of people trapped in conflict areas.