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When the Wa undiplomatically turned down his proposal to transform the United Wa State Army (UWSA) into a Burma Army-run Border Guard Force, Naypyitaw went on to prove they meant business.

September 29, 2009

Boom days over for Wa
TUESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2009 16:48 S.H.A.N.
Meeting with the Wa leaders in Shan State North’s Tangyan in April, Naypyitaw’s chief negotiator Lt-Gen Ye Myint reportedly told them in effect that the ceasefire era was finished.

When the Wa undiplomatically turned down his proposal to transform the United Wa State Army (UWSA) into a Burma Army-run Border Guard Force, Naypyitaw went on to prove they meant business.

In 2005, a shipment of 496 kg of heroin was seized from the Wa in Mongpiang. The culprits among whom was Bao Ai Pan, the supreme Wa leader’s relative, were sent to jail, but the overall Wa relations with Naypyitaw did not change significantly.

But following the Wa’s rejection of the BGF proposal, things were no longer the same.

On 11 September, 3 million yaba pills were seized in Tachilek, opposite Thailand’s Maesai. The police source, when interviewed by Irrawaddy, said the pills came from the Wa capital Panghsang. His unexpected answer had reportedly stunned veteran Burma watchers in Thailand.
ya-ba On 27 September, another 200 packets (400,000 pills) were seized at Wanpong, east of Tachilek and on the Gold Triangle, were seized together with 7 villagers working at the Wa agricultural project. “The Wa days (as drug entrepreneurs) are definitely numbered,” said a border watcher.

(N.B. 200 pills make 1 bag
5 bags make 1 roll
2 rolls make 1 packet
50 packets make 1 backpack)

On the same day, a location near the ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) North’s 7th Brigade base in Kunhing had a surprise raid by Burma Army troops. “The place was reported to have been the site of a refinery,” said a source close to the SSA North. “But they found nothing.” An official document received by SHAN also accuses the Kachin Independence Army (KIA)’s Shan State –based 4th Brigade of involvement in the drug trade. As for the reputedly pro-junta Kachin Democratic Army (KDA), the document says it has been cooperating with the military government in drug suppression activities.

The KDA became notorious when it attacked a police column in Kutkhai on 27 May 2007 after their financial officer Yaw Chang Wa was arrested with drugs, killing 5 and wounding at least 5, according to exile media agencies.

“The message is clear,” a businessman working in Taunggyi told SHAN. “To deal in drugs, you must first place yourself on the right side – the junta’s side.”

On the issue of drugs, Senior General Than Shwe’s mantra has always been ‘narcotics harm no Burmese. Drugs harm only the United States and Thailand. So let the Americans and Thai die!’ wrote Aung Lynn Tut, former intelligence officer and Charge’d Affairs in Washington.
shanland.org

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