Arakan Army to launch public administration in Paletwa Township, Chin State

As the Rakhine ethnic armed group promises to establish a public administration that includes local Chin State leaders, tensions remain high among anti-junta organisations active in the state

The Arakan Army (AA) issued a statement on Monday claiming they would prioritise including local leaders in the creation of a new administrative apparatus in Paletwa Township, Chin State, which the organisation has controlled since January.

During the online press conference where he delivered the statement, AA spokesperson Khaing Thukha said that the United League of Arakan (ULA)—the AA’s political wing—has assumed provisional control of Paletwa Township’s government for peacekeeping purposes.

“Paletwa remains under the ULA’s control to ensure peace and stability in the area,” Khaing Thukha said. “Paletwa is an area where several different ethnic groups coexist. Therefore, we need to draw up plans bearing in mind the development and safety of all ethnic groups and prioritising inclusive governance.”

He added that the AA would cooperate with local leaders in handling administrative, judicial, safety, and social welfare matters for Paletwa Township’s people. . . .

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