Militia unit protest against junta’s use as advance guards- opposite Thailand’s Maesai

A junta-backed Lahu militia unit based in Namyoom, Shan State East’s Mongphyak Township, 51 miles from Tachilek, opposite Thailand’s Maesai, staged a protest against the Triangle Region Command Commander for using them as an advance guard in their military operations, according to militia sources.

Chief of the unit Ja Seu-bo was reported to have complained to the commander Maj Gen Kyaw Phyoe that a member of his group was wounded in a recent fighting with Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’. “It was because his men were ordered to conduct as the patrol’s advance guard,” a local Lahu militiaman said.

The group, better known as Namyoom group, was one of the strongest junta-backed militia forces that have been active along the Mekong.  It is said to have over 400 men.

On 19 March, one of the group members was reported to have been wounded in the fighting with troops from Military Region No.1 of the SSA ‘South’ while they were on patrol with soldiers from Mongpyak based Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) # 329 commanded by Maj Soe Myint, according to sources.

The group had fought against the SSA three times in four days, according to the SSA. The clashes took place at Loi Hsarm Hsawk on 16 and 17 March, and near Nampiang deserted village, Mongpak tract, on 19 March.

“We are not regular soldiers like you. How can we lead your men in the fighting,” a source quoted Ja Seu-bo as saying. “When one of us dies, there is no monetary compensation like soldiers.”

Maj-Gen Kyaw Phyoe was said to have promised that he would not let this kind of situation happen anymore in the future.
A senior officer from the SSA also confirmed about the fighting with the group.

“It was like they [military] are using us, the people from the same state, to kill each other,” the officer said.

5 clashes have already taken place between the junta military and the SSA since 1 March. One took place in Mongpan Township, southern Shan State on 1 March that left 3 soldiers dead. Another one took place on 13 March, near Namzang Township, Shan State South that left 21 soldiers dead.

NGO and junta personnel told to leave Wa capital

The Burma Army’s Tangyan command facing the United Wa State Army (UWSA), on 22 March evening, had instructed personnel working for NGOs, international organizations and junta agencies to evacuate Panghsang, the capital of the Wa region, within two days, reported sources from the Sino-Burma border yesterday.

The order however did not include the military personnel stationed in the capital, 115 miles southeast of Tangyan.

“Some have already left today,” said a source close to the Wa leadership yesterday. “The rest are expected to follow tomorrow.”

The source was unable to say if the order was a forerunner to the anticipated offensive against the UWSA.

An opposition Kokang source also confirmed the move adding the pull-out included personnel from Laogai, the Kokang main town the Burma Army seized last August. They are said to be from the regime’s Border Areas and National Races Development and Welfare Ministry, known as Natala. “Many of them have arrived in Lashio (Shan State North capital) and Kengtung (Shan State East capital),” he added.

Militia units in the area have also been instructed to reinforce Burma Army units guarding the Salween crossings. One of them, Bo Mon’s Manpang militia, is already at Ta Hsaileng crossing facing the UWSA controlled Manton, east of the river.

The UWSA is considered the strongest of all the armed movements that had concluded ceasefire agreements that had since last year been ordered by Naypyitaw to place themselves under the Burma Army’s command. Most of them have yet to conform themselves to the order, saying their demands for their self-rule have been ignored.

Burmese Army wraps up first phase of militia training in Kachin State

With the Border Guard Force issue yet to be resolved and tension mounting, the first phase of the 11-day militia training in Kachin State in the north was wrapped up by the Burmese Army after the junta announced the electoral laws on March 8, said local residents.

Burmese soldiers trained the “basic combat battle training” to Kachin civilians in Myitkyina in Kachin State, northern Burma before the countrywide elections in this year. Photo: Kachin News Group.

The militia training to the first batch called the “1/2010 militia basic combat battle training” was given by Burmese Army trainers to 80 residents of Tatkone quarter, one of the largest ethnic Kachin quarters in Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina, local trainees told Kachin News Group.

The training began on March 8, the same day that the junta released the electoral laws and was concluded on March 19, the trainees said.

All trainees were Kachin men and they were forced to join the Burmese Army’s basic combat training by local military authorities reluctantly, they added.

During the training period, the civilian trainees were especially trained in basic combat like soldiers with machine guns, said eyewitnesses.

The second phase of militia training for local civilians is also underway in different quarters in Myitkyina, said local residents.
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China delivers hundreds of military trucks to Burma


Hundreds of brand new Chinese military trucks have been delivered to military-ruled Burma through the border in Burma’s northeast Shan State since last week, said border sources.

The Chinese trucks are meant for the Burmese Army. The trucks have been sent to the Chinese border Jiegao, opposite Muse border trade town of Burma, said sources in Muse.According to eyewitnesses, till last night, over 300 trucks crossed into Burma and over 100 trucks are waiting in Jiegao now.  The six-wheel trucks can carry from 40 to 60 troops.

Most trucks are covered and no one knows what is in it, said residents of Muse.

According to the staff of 105 Mile border trade zone, the newly delivered Chinese trucks have been distributed among 13 regional military commands around the country with each getting 50 trucks in keeping with the plan of the military leaders in Naypyitaw, Burma’s capital.

Each regional command has been ordered to receive the new Chinese trucks from the border by Naypyitaw, added the sources.

The 105 Mile border trade zone’s sources said, the newly imported Chinese trucks are to be used in the event of a civil war with ethnic armed groups in the pre or post election period this year.

At the same time, Shan, Kachin, Mon, and Wa are on alert in their territories to defend itself against any offensive by the Burmese military, said the groups’ sources.

The most powerful Kachin Independence Organization and United Wa State Army rejected transforming to the junta-proposed Border Guard Forces but will not start a war with the junta, the two groups’ sources added.

The junta receives the largest consignment of weapons and military support from neighbouring China along with armaments from other countries like Russia, Singapore, India, Ukraine and North Korea.

Currently, China’s total investment in mining and energy sectors in Burma is over 600 billion dollars and China is terribly worried that it may loss its huge investment if there is civil war between the junta and ethnic armed groups, said sources close to Chinese authorities on the border.

The new Chinese military trucks have been given to the Burmese junta even as it plans to hold the countrywide elections in an atmosphere where civil war can resume.

Junta Election (Myanmar poll) to take center stage at summit

Myanmar’s upcoming elections will likely hog the spotlight at the 16th ASEAN Summit in Vietnam in April, as regional leaders try to steer clear of the junta’s poll agenda to avoid further embarrassment.

The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will convene in Hanoi from April 8 to April 9 with an agenda officials say will range from economic integration to political reforms in Myanmar, in which leaders will try to push the junta to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take part in the country’s elections.

Pressure has mounted for the military junta in Yangon to repeal electoral regulations prohibiting convicts to join political parties and run for office, and allow Suu Kyi to take part in the polls.

The poll date has not been announced, but it will be held before Suu Kyi’s house arrest is over.
The Nobel laureate is currently serving 18 months on charges of violating the terms of her previous stint under house arrest.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the country would push the demand that Suu Kyi be made part of the solution in Myanmar’s democratization.

“It is very important for all the parties concerned to be part of the solution; in other words, not to have a mindset that one party is being sidelined or pushed into a corner or pressed,” he said at a press conference last week.

“Everyone must see that they have a stake in an orderly democratization process.

“Suu Kyi’s role [in a future government] could be a positive one, and we hope very much that the authorities in Myanmar also see this.”

Jakarta has not announced its agenda in the ASEAN Summit, but officials say leaders will take stock of the development of the bloc’s economic, security and sociocultural integration under one ASEAN community by 2015, as well as the thorny issue of Myanmar.

In previous ASEAN Summits, Myanmar has always been one of the key issues in the agenda.
In July, ASEAN foreign ministers will convene for the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

Observers say the Myanmar polls will be a turning point for which ASEAN will be judged by its
success in engaging the junta in democratization.

They add the Myanmar junta has for years been an embarrassment to ASEAN leaders, who are criticized by accommodating the interests of a rogue state.

Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) researcher Yasmin Sungkar said the exclusivity of Myanmar’s polls would not only hurt the democratization process of the country, but also impact on ASEAN integration.

“The success of Myanmar’s election depends much on its inclusiveness, but how the current leaders are allowing that to happen isn’t satisfactory,” she said.

“Democratization in Myanmar might have to wait.”

ASEAN leaders, particularly from democracies such as Indonesia and the Philippines, have issued several statements appealing for their Myanmar counterparts to quash Suu Kyi’s conviction and allow her to join the elections.


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ေညာင္ေလးပင္ခ႐ိုင္တြင္ ယမန္ေန႔ညေနက နအဖ စစ္တပ္၏ ရြာတြင္း၀င္ေရာက္ပစ္ခတ္မႈေၾကာင့္ အျပစ္မဲ့ အမ်ဳိးသမီးႏွင့္ ကေလးငယ္ သံုးဦး ေသဆံုးသြားခဲ့သည္ဟု ေဒသခံတဦးက ေကအိုင္စီကို ေျပာသည္။

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၄း၃၀နာရီအခ်ိန္တြင္ နအဖ အမွတ္(၈) စစ္ကြပ္ကဲေရး လက္ေအာက္ခံတပ္ရင္းျဖစ္သည့္ ခမရ(၃၆၉)သည္ ေရႊ က်င္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ေဟာထာ့ေက်းရြာသို႔ ၀င္ေရာက္လာၿပီး ရြာသူရြာသားမ်ားကို ပစ္ခတ္ရာ ကေလးငယ္ႏွစ္ဦးႏွင့္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးတဦး မွာ ေသဆံုးသြားခဲ့ၿပီး အမ်ဳိးသမီးတဦးမွာ ျပင္းထန္စြာ ဒဏ္ရာရရွိခဲ့သည္ဟု အဆိုပါေဒသခံက ယခုလို ေျပာသည္။

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