(ANS) – Burma s regime has increased its military offensives against the Karen and Karenni ethnic groups in eastern Burma , despite calling for a new round of peace talks. According to reports from relief teams in the area, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said in a news release, new attacks have been launched against Karen villages along the Toungoo-Mawchi and Kler La-Busakee roads. Earlier this month, a Karen National Union (KNU) camp at Kalaw Waw was attacked. Burma Army troops have also shelled a Karenni base on the Thai-Burmese border, near Mae Hong Son. CSW also reported that according to the Thai newspaper The Nation, about 20 mortar shells landed in Thai territory two kilometers from the Burmese border. The Burmese junta, known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), has requested cooperation from the Thai authorities to help them capture the Karenni base.
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