KPF Colonel detained by Burmese Authorities after conflict over position change

Mon 09 Nov 2009, IMNA
According to an insider, after a disagreement on this morning between the Karen Peace Force (KPF)’s Second Lieutenant Colonel Saw Lay War and Central Committee (CCM) member Saw War Chait, Burmese authorities in Three Pagodas Pass have taken the Colonel Saw Lay War into temporary custody.

The disagreement reportedly ensued after the former individual learned of the latter’s usurpation of his Second Lieutenant Colonel position within the KPF. Saw Lay War’s removal from power reportedly occurred as a result of his opposition of the Burmese government’s offer to turn the KPF into a Border Guard Force (BGF).

“When Saw War Chait arrived to inform him of the position change, Saw Lay War told him without a letter from the [Burmese government’s] Southeast Commander, he would not accept the position change. Then Saw War Chait threatened him with a gun.” This KPF insider informed IMNA that the fight concluded with Saw Lay War’s being detained by Burmese authorities, a development that has concerned many KPF members.

“This order came from the South East Commander [Thet Naing Win]. We heard that Saw Lay War didn’t accept the BGF [offer]. So they took him from his position,” claimed IMNA’s source from the KPF.

According to Karen News, the Karen Peace Force (KPF) was established in 1997, when Lt. Colonel Saw Thamu Hel, the commander of Brigade 6 of the KNLA, surrendered to the State Peace and Development Council along with 300 men. Continue reading “KPF Colonel detained by Burmese Authorities after conflict over position change”

Mon youth group statement opposes Burmese government pressure on NMSP before 2010

Mon 09 Nov 2009, Arkar, IMNA
In a joint statement issued, the Mon Youth Progressive Organization (MYPO) has condemned the Burmese government’s pressure on the largest Mon political group to disarm, and sides with the same Mon group in its stance of conditional refusal to participate in the 2010 election.

On the 3rd and 4th of November, the MYPO held their 2nd conference along the Thai-Burma border, bringing together Mon youth groups and people from around Mon state to determine the youth communities’ long term goals and plans of action. Decisions regarding planning and community goals were made based on discussions surrounding the current political situation and climate in Mon state, according to participants According to one MYPO representative, Nai Nyan Seik Ra Mann, their decision to support the New Mon State Part (NMSP) comes from the party’s decision to continue to fight for equal national rights for Mon people and the goal of a achieving a democratic Burma.

“If the government doesn’t reform the 2008 constitutions, the NMSP will disagree and refuse to participate in the 2010 election. If we have no promise of self determination, they will refuse to split their party and army,” Nai Nyan Seik Ra Mann explained. “They will not accept a change to a border guard force (BGF) by demolishing the army. I believed that this best political option we have. Thus we decided to take our position as one political group, to provide support [for the NMSP] and put pressure on the Burmese junta.”

Over the last 5 months the Burmese military has worked to convince the ethnic ceasefire groups located on its borer to accept a proposal to reduce their armed wings to a BGF, comprised of ethnic soldiers and a contingent of Burmese military officers. The formation of a single army under the government is a requirement of the constitution that was rewritten in 2008. The formation of the 2008 constitution is part of the proposed 7-step roadmap leading to the 2010 election. Continue reading “Mon youth group statement opposes Burmese government pressure on NMSP before 2010”

ASEAN, US to discuss Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in its first meeting

Lilian Budianto , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 11/09/2009 3:09 PM | World

The plight of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will be among the issues discussed during the first meeting between ASEAN and the United States leaders on Nov. 15 in Singapore.

The meeting between US and ten ASEAN members is being held to follow up the signing of the group’s security treaty by Washington in July, the foreign ministry said Monday.

The United States signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, which pledged peaceful settlement of disputes and noninterference in domestic affairs.

The foreign ministry said the meeting would also discuss implementation of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between ASEAN and the United States.

A Myanmar Computer Company (MCC) and a Netherland servoy company will jointly establish an international servoy development center

YANGON, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) — A Myanmar Computer Company (MCC) and a Netherland servoy company will jointly establish an international servoy development center, claimed to be the world’s first, in the country’s largest ICT park in Yadanarbon cyber city in Pyin Oo Lwin, northern Mandalay division, sources with the MCC said on Monday.

Servoy is the 4th generation language rapid development tool, invented by the Netherlands company, to produce computer programs promptly and has been in use worldwide nowadays, the sources said, adding that the center, after completion, will invent softwares and computer programs not only for domestic use but also for sale in the global market.

Experts from the MCC and the Netherlands company will train and nurture more local computer professionals to be able to invent softwares and computer programs with Servoy system, it said.

The MCC Group company has taken the market in Asia regions to distribute softwares and promotion programs have been launched in Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore, it added.

Meanwhile, Myanmar will introduce its first largest ever national web portal in Myanmar language next January in an effort to develop its information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

With the website address of, the web portal, like other search engines of Google, Yahoo and MSN, is to provide the users with e-mail, education, entertainment, health, economic and communication services.

In addition, it will also provide search engine, e-mail, social network website, instant messaging system, songs and video stores, free advertisements, job vacancy announcements, online education system, television guide in both English and Myanmar.

In cooperation with local and foreign news media, the company’s website will also carry local and international news.

Land confiscation begins with pipeline project

by Mizzima News
Monday, 09 November 2009 21:06

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Local residents in Kyuakphyu Township of Arakan State in Western Burma have alleged that authorities have not paid compensation, despite assurances, for the 150 acres of farmland that have been seized in May.

A local resident of Malakyun village in Kyuakphyu Township told Mizzima that their farm lands were seized by authorities on the pretext of setting up Gas Turbines. They were promised handsome compensation for their land.

“They [authorities] made us sign an agreement paper. The paper mentioned details of the compensation that we would receive but so far there is no sign of any compensation,” a local villager of Malakyun told Mizzima.

According to the resident of Kyaukphyu town, authorities have begun laying the foundation for a gas turbine in the farmlands, where local villagers have been using them for coconut plantation.

“For some villagers, the land means everything, as they have no other land to cultivate,” said the local, adding that so far there are no signs of any compensation.

While the villagers and local townsfolk might see the confiscation of the land as another normal practice of Burma’s ruling military junta, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on November 3 announced that it has begun work on constructing dual gas and petroleum pipelines in the area.

According to the Thailand-based Arakan Oil Watch, an activists group monitoring the junta’s gas exploration and oil drilling in Arakan state, the CNPC is to construct a gas terminal and an oil terminal in Kyuakphyu Township. Continue reading “Land confiscation begins with pipeline project”

Five Burmese Army Battalions Withdraw From Kokang

Written by KNG
Monday, 09 November 2009

Soldiers of five Burmese Army battalions deployed on the frontlines in ethnic Kokang territory in Northeast Shan State in Burma withdrew yesterday, said local sources.

Several hundred Burmese troops were transported to military bases in dozens of China-made military trucks. About 17 civilian pick-up trucks were also compelled to transport Burmese troops, said Toyota 4-Wheel drivers, who were at the receiving end.
The troops are mainly from the command of Theindi (Hsenwi in Shan)-based Military Operations Command 16 (MOC or Sa-Ka-Kha) such as Theindi-based Infantry Battalion (IB) No. 69 and IB 240, Kutkai-based IB 241 and IB 242, and Namlan-based IB No. 143, according to sources.

Military sources said, the troops were withdrawn from three different frontlines in Kokang, also called the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA)— the capital Laogai (also spelled Laukai), Konkyan and Yan-lon-kyaing, also spelled Yang Long Zhai. The withdrawal was said to have been done urgently by the Burmese Army. Continue reading “Five Burmese Army Battalions Withdraw From Kokang”

အမ်ိဳးသမီး (၇၀)ခန္႔ကို အဓၶမျပဳက်င့္ခဲ့သည့္ ယာဥ္ေမာင္းႏွစ္ဦးအား ဖမ္းဆီး

Main ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံေတာင္ပိုင္း ပထံုဌာနီၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ အမ်ိဳးသမီး (၄၀)ခန္႔ကို အဓၶမျပဳက်င့္ခဲ့သူ အငွားကား ယာဥ္ေမာင္းသမားတဦးႏွင့္ အမ်ိဳးသမီး (၃၀)ခန္႔ကို အဓၶမျပဳက်င့္ခဲ့သူ အငွားဆုိင္ကယ္ေမာင္းသမားအျဖစ္ အေယာင္ေဆာင္ထားသည့္ ဆုိင္ကယ္သမားတဦးအား ထိုင္းႏုိင္ငံ ရဲေထာက္လွမ္းေရးမွ ဖမ္းဆီးလိုက္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
အငွားကား ယာဥ္ေမာင္းမွာ ပထံုဌာနီၿမိဳ႕နယ္အတြင္း အစိမ္းေရာင္ ကားေမာင္းသည့္ အသက္သံုးဆယ္ အရြယ္ခန္႔ ရွိသူျဖစ္ၿပီး ကားငွါးစီးသည့္ ေခ်ာေမာလွပေသာ အမ်ိဳးသမီးငယ္ (၄၀)၀န္းက်င္ခန္႔အား အဓၶမျပဳက်င့္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း ရဲစခန္းတြင္ ထြက္ဆိုသြားခဲ့သည္။
“က်ေနာ္ မိန္းကေလးလွလွေလးေတြျမင္ရင္ စိတ္ကိုမထိန္းႏိုင္ဘူး။ ကားေပၚမွာလည္း ျပဳက်င့္သလို အိမ္ကိုလည္း ေခၚသြားပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္က အရက္လည္း မူးေနတယ္” ဟု ၎က ထြက္ဆိုသည္။ Continue reading “အမ်ိဳးသမီး (၇၀)ခန္႔ကို အဓၶမျပဳက်င့္ခဲ့သည့္ ယာဥ္ေမာင္းႏွစ္ဦးအား ဖမ္းဆီး”