Junta leaders including Min Aung Hlaing sent wreaths to the funeral of Peng Jiasheng, the head of the Ethnic Armed Organization (EAO) of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), according to the media MNDAA, The Kokang.
Peng Jiasheng, the founder of the MNDAA, also known as the Kokang Army, died on February 16. His funeral began on March 29 in Mong La special region in eastern Shan state.
Besides Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of the Triangle Command, the Commander-in-Chief’s Office and the Office of Military Security Officers also sent wreaths to the funeral, according to photos from the event.
The commander of the Triangle Military Command attended the funeral, along with Yunnan Communist Party officials and Thai officials.
The following key EAO leaders attended the funeral: Kachin Independence Army (KIA), United Wa State Army (UWSA), National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), the Arakan Army (AA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF). A representative of the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) was also present.
Peng Jiasheng was originally a member of the Burmese Communist Party (BCP) and founded the Kokang Army based in the Kokang area of Shan State in northeast Burma bordering China.
Peng Jiasheng and the Kokang Army split from the BCP and formed the MNDAA which became the first EAO to sign a ceasefire with the Myanmar Army in 1989 and the Kokang Region became the Special Region 1 of Shan State, the country’s first special region.
In 2009, the Myanmar Army wanted the MNDAA to turn into a Border Guard Army (BGF) aligned militia and when the MNDAA refused, the army attacked it in Laukkai on September 27, 2009. This caused a split within the MNDAA. One faction became BGF 1006 and another faction led by Peng Jiasheng went underground and aligned against the Myanmar Army.
Since then, the MNDAA has not adhered to the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). In 2016, he formed the Northern Alliance with three other EAOs, the KIA, TNLA and AA, none of which had signed the NCA.
In April 2017, the Northern Alliance joined with other non-signatories of the NCA, the UWSA, the NDAA and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to form the Committee Federal Political Advisory and Negotiation (FPNCC) to negotiate with the government. .