United Wa State Party
၀ပြည် သွေးစည်းညီညွတ်ရေး တပ်မတော်
Political wing: United Wa State Party (UWSP)
Headquarters: Pangkham (also known as Phangsang)
Operational Area: Pangsang, Mongmau, Pangwai, Nahphan, Mongpawt, Hopan
Estimated strength: 20,000/25000
Leader: Bao You Xiang 鲍有祥
The UWSP administers 6 designated townships of the Wa Self-Administered Division as stipulated in the 2008 Constitution. Its official name was announced by decree on Aug. 20, 2010. The UWSP rejected the government’s Border Guard Force scheme in 2009. The UWSP maintains close ties with China (both politically and economically) and uses Chinese as the party’s working language.
The UWSP military wing the Wa army is estimated to number 30,000 troops and 10,000 auxiliary members. They are the largest ethnic army in Myanmar and reported to be a major player in the opium, heroin and amphetamine drug trade. It was originally formed from members of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) following its collapse in 1989.
New Ceasefire: Sept. 6, 2011
1st resistance group to sign ceasefire with the new government
Stage 2: Union level peace talks
Previous ceasefire: May 9,1989
Sporadic clashes with the Myanmar army have ocurred since 2009 ( no official announcement of fighting by either side).
Official delegation team
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