Army Special Operation Chief Visits Western Border
Maungdaw: Lieutenant General Ko Ko, Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations 3 and a member of the ruling SPDC, arrived at the western Burmese border near Bangladesh on Tuesday along with many high army officials, said a police official on the condition of anonymity.
“Lt. General Ko Ko arrived at Taungbro, the western border town near the Bangladeshi town Gon Don, at 9:30 am by speedboat, and held a meeting with several army officials and government officials at a hall in the town,” the official said.
Lt. General Ko Ko is Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations 3 for four divisions – Pegu, Rangoon, Irrawaddy, and Arakan – and this is the first time he has visited the border area since being appointed to his post.
He visited many places in Taungbro Sub-Town within an hour and instructed officials to carry out all projects currently being implemented by the government in a timely fashion.
At 11:30 am, he left Taungbro for Kyin Chaung by speedboat to inspect some government projects in the village. Afterward, he left Kyin Chaung for Ma Kyi Chuang in southern Maungdaw Township.
“He inspected the construction sites for fences in Ma Kyi Chaung and met with many soldiers who are working on the fence construction,” the official said.
Many high officials, including Transportation Minister General Thein Swe, Power One Minister Zaw Min, and Deputy Home Minister Colonel Phone Swe also visited the border area last week.
“It is very difficult to comment about their recent tours to Arakan. Everybody believes that there is a reason behind their tours to Arakan because many ministers and army officials have visited Arakan in one group or another since the beginning of 2009,” he added.
A political analyst from the border said they likely have come to Arakan with two objectives – one is to prepare for the 2010 election, and another is to deal with the current issues surrounding Muslims in the region. However, it is believed that there is also another, unknown objective behind the visits, and that the military government has big plans underway for Arakan State.