CNA moves into new base in Chin State
18 January 2013: With the establishment of three liaison offices in Tedim, Thantlang and Matupi last year, the Chin National Front (CNF) takes further steps in its gradual materialization of the ceasefire agreements signed with Burma’s government.
CNF’s new centre in Thantlang Township is called Camp Victoria, a name given to its previous Indo-Burma headquarters, which was vacated in 2005 upon the direct order of India’s government.
About 100 soldiers of the Chin National Army (CNA) have moved into their ‘designated’ base since last week, in accordance with the ceasefire agreements between CNF and Chin State government in 2012.
One of the provisions in the agreements involves an establishment of military bases for members of CNF/A in the townships of Thantlang and Tedim, with further notices to be made regarding a temporary camp in Paletwa Township.
Chin communities from both inside and outside of Burma make donations of funds and materials such as clothes and blankets for CNA members.
In its recent meeting earlier this month, Pu Lian Uk, preceded by Dr. Za Hlei Thang, was elected chairman of the Chin National Front for the year 2013 to a one-year term in line with the party’s agreement at the 2011 conference.
The Chin National Front officially met with peace-making work committee of Burma’s government at both state and Union-level in January, May and December 2012.
Despite the ceasefire and ongoing peace talks with Burma’s government, CNF strongly protested against military offensive against KIA (Kachin Independence Army) by Tatmadaw in Kachin State.
Formed in 1988 following the 8888 nationwide uprising, the Chin National Front is committed to securing self-determination of the Chin people, restoring democracy, and establishing the federal Union of Burma.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang