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Hundreds of Shan Rebels Surrender Weapons to Burma Junta


Burma's state media say nearly 900 Shan ethnic rebels have surrendered their weapons to the military regime.

The reports said the 848 men from a breakaway faction of the Shan State Army turned over small arms, grenades, mines and communication equipment at a ceremony Thursday in the northeastern Shan states.

In return for their surrender, the military junta allocated a region for them to live, earn their living and carry out regional development.

The military also pledged to provide the rebels with food, clothing and shelter.

Shan rebels have been fighting the junta for autonomy in the eastern Shan state near the border with Thailand.

The group is one of Burma's largest ethnic rebel armies with about five thousand members.

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