Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met members of Myanmar Press Council (Interim) here on Saturday.
The third meeting focused on explanation about prevailing clashes between government troops and Kokang renegade groups in Laukkai, eastern Shan State.
The Senior General said that investigations in 2009 found that Kokang renegade groups were manufacturing illegal drugs and weapons in their area; however, Kokang leaders denied the reports; they still refuted photo evidences of weapon factory and attacked and arrested police members who were dispatched for investigation.
The government troops seized heavy weapons and ammunition during their offensive which lead 14 police members to be killed by Phon Kya Shin group before running away to neighbouring country.
In 2013, he then recruited forces of the same ethnicity to be able to control Laukkai and to topple self-administered government and take power with the help of some ethnic armed groups.
On February 9, they robbed eight weapons from militia from Taukshwe village, turning into clashes with government troops.
The Commander-in-Chief also said that the 12th ACDFIM forum in Malaysia from February 9 to 11 agreed to foster cooperation of military forces among ASEAN countries. He then answered queries of vice chairman and members of MPC.
Journalists from local media organizations—Sky Net, Tomorrow, 7Day, Messenger, Yangon Times and Eleven Media— met the Commander-in-Chief separately.