News – Kachin News Group
WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2009 11:14
Representatives of the Burmese military junta and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) will meet in an attempt to resolve the deadlock over transforming the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the armed-wing of KIO to the junta-proposed battalion of the Border Guard Force (BGF) in early October, said KIO sources.
KIO officers in Laiza headquarters on the Sino-Burma border in Kachin State said the meeting is slated to be held on October 2 before the October 30 deadline set by the junta to transform the KIA and the rest of the ethnic ceasefire groups in the country to the Burmese Army-controlled BGF.
The KIO was told to come up with a clear “Yes or No” answer on the transformation by Lt-Gen Ye Myint, the junta’s Chief Naypyitaw negotiator and Chief of Military Affairs Security when he met KIO delegates led by Vice-president No. 1 Lt-Gen Gauri Zau Seng in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State on September 9, said KIO delegates.
According to KIO delegates, the junta-proposed BGF will be set up with a total manpower of 326 in a battalion including the direct participation of 30 officers of the Burmese Army. The battalion commander will be from KIA but his deputy commander must be from the Burmese Army.
KIA soldiers over 50 years old will not be accepted in the BGF. All military personnel in the BGF will be under the direct control of the Military Chief of Staff of the Burmese Army. They will receive military training, weapons, rations and salary from the Burmese Army, added KIO sources. Continue reading “Burmese junta and KIO to meet over KIA deadlock in early October”