NLD Seeks Election Talks with KIO ” Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), asked permission on Monday from the Burmese government and the country’s Union Election Commission (EC) to engage in talks with the rebel Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) over security conditions in the northern state.“We want to negotiate with the KIO and would like the government or the EC to help with this,” said the NLD statement. “We believe that it is possible to run elections in the three constituencies.” Burma’s state-run television broadcast an announcement on Friday by the EC saying that voting for the three vacant seats in Kachin State—Phakant, Moe Kaung and Ba Maw—was being postponed because “security conditions are not conducive to conducting a free and fair by-election.”
26 March 2012
Burma News International (BNI), an alliance of 11 diaspora media groups, has set up a special webpage (in Burmese) for the April 1 elections at www3.bnionline.net. 17 parties are contesting for the 48 seats vacated by President Thein Sein and his ministers. (SHAN)
The following is the one of the versions of the several reports SHAN has received.
There were 4 blasts (3 according to some) at the golf course:
around 07:00, 1 blast
around 08:00, 1 blast
around 09:00, 2 blasts
The last two blasts accrued near the 13th hole at the golf course next to the Regina Hotel. They had injured 3, one seriously.
The event, organized by the local military in honor of the 67th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day which falls tomorrow (27 March 2012), was called off after the third explosions. “Many wondered why the place wasn’t cordoned off after the first explosion,” said a resident businessman. “That was really unusual.” Continue reading “Blasts in Tachilek: Link to politics, drug trade “possible, but not likely””
(Mizzima) – Two bomb blasts in Thachilek on the northern Thai border on Saturday killed a boy and injured five people during a high-profile golf tournament.
The blasts occurred at an 18-hole golf course at the Regina Hotel and Golf Club about 2 kilometres from the Thai-Burma border.
Authorities on Sunday questioned two Thais who sustained injuries in the blasts, according to an article in The Bangok Post on Monday. No group has claimed responsibility.
Later, Burmese soldiers searched the Regina Hotel and defused two more bombs near the 17th hole on the golf course. They said more bombs may have been planted in the border town.
Border area militia groups that may have grudges because of the government’s peace talks with the Shan State Army (SSA) may have been responsible for the blasts, said Burmese authorities.
They said leaflets have been found in Tachilek Township and in Mae Sai District criticizing recent previous negotiations at the Regina Hotel between Chao Yodsuk, the SSA leader, and representatives from the Burmese government. On Sunday, Chao Yodsuk denied the group’s involvement in the bomb plot, the newspaper said. Continue reading “Two bombs explode at Thachilek golf course; boy dies”