TUESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2009 13:35 S.H.A.N.
Maehongson, that borders with Burma’s Kayah State in the west and Shan State in the north, has scheduled 24 September as the date to inaugurate the Nampiangdin checkpoint with Kayah, according to local sources.
Provincial governor Thongchai Wongrianthong has already extended an invitation to Burma’s Kayah State administrator for the joint opening of the border-crossing which is located just a few kilometers south of the city. “So far we have yet to receive any response from the Burmese side,” said a security source.
Kayah State, or Karenni State, with its capital in Loikaw, is under the control of the Burma Army’s Loikaw Regional Operations Command, commanded by Brig Gen Win Myint, according to a list compiled by Network for Democracy and Development (NDD).
Maehongson has already opened two other border-crossings, one with Kayah State’s Mezay (BP-14) and the other with Shan State’s Namon Long (BP10).
The anti-Naypyitaw Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and the Shan State Army (SSA) South are active in the Maehongson-Kayah-Shan State triangle.
Maehongson provincial governor Thongchai Wongrianthong greeting with Brig Gen Win Myint during the meeting on 1 October 2008 (Photo: http://www.maehongson.co.th)