Local people fear more conflict if a road being expanded by the military further west reaches their distric [Jittrapon Kaicome/Al Jazeera]

On the Thai-Myanmar border – Military control of a road widening-project through ethnic Karen territory in Myanmar’s southeast is in breach of the country’s ceasefire agreement, contributing to renewed fighting and possibly implicating government institutions, Al Jazeera has learned.

The widening of the unpaved road to nearly 10.5 metres from 3.7 metres runs for nearly 40 kilometres through territory controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU), one of 10 ethnic armed groups to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the government and military – known as the Tatmadaw – since 2015.

Ethnic Karen groups say that by leading the project, the military has been able to

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