Yangon, April 19: The Myanmar government on Sunday said 126 soldiers have been killed and 359 injured so far since the clashes with the Kokang ethnic army erupted on February 9, media reported. During the 253 engagements with Kokang’s Myanmar tiol Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) as of April 15, the government troops have seized 74 bodies of the MNDAA, arrested 22 and confiscated 226 arms, ammunition and rcotic drugs, Xinhua news agency reported.
During its latest offensive, the government forces seized four more strategic hilltops taking control of the key locations of Laukkai, the capital of Kokang region. Meanwhile, peace negotiators of the Myanmar government and the ethnic armed groups concluded negotiation of a draft tionwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), which was prelimirily signed in Yangon on March 31. The United tiolities Federal Council (UNFC), in an open letter, has demanded Myanmarese President U Thein Sein to stop all offensives against the Kokang ethnic army. (IANS)