Govt Negotiator Meets KIA Leader

Government peace negotiator Aung Min wearing traditional Karen clothes after talks with the Karen National Union in Pa-an, capital of Karen State, on Jan. 11, 2012.

A top government negotiator and a senior leader of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) held informal talks in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province on Monday, meeting for the first time since the formation of a new government peace committee on May 3.

According to both government and KIA sources, Aung Min, a vice chairman of Naypyidaw’s Union Peace-making Working Committee, met with the KIA’s vice chief of staff, Maj-Gen Sumlut Gun Maw, on Monday morning to exchange views on the ongoing conflict in Kachin State.

“It was just an informal meeting that lasted the whole morning until lunch time. It was just a beginning for possible meetings in the future. So both sides just agreed to meet again,” said Gun Maw after the talks.

A government source who said that discussions also took place over dinner on Sunday evening described the encounter as “frank” and “positive” for both sides.

Aung Min previously met a Kachin delegation led by N’Ban La, the vice chairman of the KIA’s political wing, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), in November of last year. Today’s meeting was his first with Gun Maw, who is the KIA’s second highest ranking commander. Continue reading “Govt Negotiator Meets KIA Leader”

WAR : Burmese army making Kachin war from political to racial in nature

Burmese army truck carrying artillery

On May 18, Burmese army soldiers of 320th LIR under MOC-21, who are currently stationed at Tapaing bridge on Bahmo-Laiza road, asked passenger cars crossing on the bridge whether there is any Kachin inside the car. The soldiers said Kachin women should be raped and all Kachin men should be killed because they think Kachin State is theirs, said a passenger. Passengers said Burmese soldiers who are providing security along Bahmo-Laiza road repeatedly asked that question.

Burmese Army’s 438th LIR under MOC – 21 has forced Kachin villagers in Numlang village to carry ammunition and food rations to frontline areas. Numlang village is located on Laiza-Bhamo road and villagers are ethnic Shan and Kachin. Local sources say that Burmese Army discriminates against Kachin villagers to serve as porters while most Shan villagers are not forced to do so.

KIO Chairman Lanyaw Zawng Hra mentioned in a letter sent to UN Secretary General on May 15 that the Burmese Army is not only waging war against the KIO/KIA but also against the Kachin population as a whole and the government’s Army is now engaged in ethnic cleansing and conflict has now turned from one of political to racial in nature.

Fighting between the two sides show no signs of abating. Kaw Mai, an IDP at Jeyang camp, told KLN that if Burmese government really wants ceasefire, all they have to do is stop offensive and withdraw their troops as KIA is not engaged in an offensive war.

UN and international community shower Burmese government with praises for on-going reforms but government’s soldiers blatantly commit many heinous crimes in the Kachinland and Shan State in the eyes of governments and observers.

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Aung San Suu Kyi to accept 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on June 16

OSLO — Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will accept her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on June 16, the Norwegian committee announced Monday.

The 66-year-old also will make a belated acceptance speech, first given on her behalf by son Alexander Aris more than two decades ago.

The democracy icon’s first trip abroad in more than two decades will take her also to the UK, where will give a speech to both houses of Britain’s parliament.

British Prime Minister David Cameron invited Suu Kyi to visit London during a visit to Burma in April. She is due to arrive in Britain on June 18 and will receive an honorary degree at Oxford University, where she studied in the 1960s.

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Burma Thailand: Border at Three Pagodas Pass Remains Closed

The border at Three Pagodas Pass remains closed despite residents asking Zaw Min, the Chief Minister of Karen state, to open it during his trip to the town last week.

Kayin State Chief Minister U Zaw Min sprinkles water during a foundation-laying ceremony at the Hpa-an Industrial Zone. (Pic: Juliet Shwe Gaung)

Border businessmen described to Minister Zaw Min the difficulty the closure causes for people needing to travel to Thailand for medical treatment.

The Minister responded by asking the businessmen how trucks delivering furniture and antimony can cross the border, but infirm people cannot.

Zaw Min did not say when the border will open, and reported on finding corruption between Burmese border authorities and the border businessmen for goods crossing illegally.

The Burmese government closed the border in 2007 after a Karen armed group, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, abducted two Thai border guard forces and tension intensified in the area.

The border closure hit hard for Three Pagodas Pass residents who receive medical treatment in Thailand. Currently, those seeking treatment have to liaise with a volunteer health worker team called “Mitta Ye” that is based in Three Pagodas Pass. The team negotiates with Thai border authorities and then transports the patient to the treatment facility.

Railway Minister and chief Naypyidaw peace negotiator Aung Min recently announced that the World War II era “Death Railway” will be reconstructed.

The project would be a boon for Three Pagodas Pass residents, as the railway links their town to Rangoon and Bangkok. The Railway Minister also proposed opening a special industry zone in Three Pagodas Pass for local development.


Kuki National Front (KNF) celebrated its 25th raising anniversary

KNF celebrates silver jubilee


IMPHAL, May 19: The Kuki National Front (KNF) celebrated its 25th raising anniversary yesterday at its Camp Ebenezer, which is located near Natheljang village under Sadar Hills.

KNF is one of the armed groups which is under suspension of operation agree- ment with both the State and Central Governments.

The celebration commenced with the Front’s president Semtinthang Kipgen alias ST Thangboi unfurling the KNF flag in the presence of Kangpokpi assembly constituency MLA Nemcha Kipgen, Sa-dar Hills Autonomous Dis- trict Council chairman SH Seipu, District Council members and leaders of different villages.

One of the KNF leaders laying floral wreath at the photograph of Nehlung Kipgen, founder of the outfit

Besides releasing a book entitled Kukiland, Thang-boi also unveiled a memo- rial stone on the occasion.

Other highlights of the event included observance of two minutes silence in memory of deceased KNF cadres, presentation of gifts to family members of the departed cadres and staging of cultural items.

In recognition of his contribution for the welfare of the society Bharat Excellence Award conferred by Friendship Forum of India was also formally handed over to Thangboi on the occasion.

In his address to the gathering, the KNF chief expressed that time has come for the Kuki people to sustain the movement for freedom, freedom from suppression, oppression and subjugation.

Conveying that as citizens of India the Kukis deserve to live the life of a full-fledged and well protected citizens, he affirmed that Kukis need a land of their own for self-governance.

Asserting that Kukis are not demanding any land that belong to others but the land which Kukis had been occupying since time immemorial, Thangboi also recounted struggle and sacrifices by the Kuki forefathers to protect the kuki people and their land.

Highlighting sacrifices made by the Kuki warriors against the British imperialist during ‘the Kuki Rebellion 1917-19’ and their contribution to the Indian freedom movement under the leadership of Subhas Chandra Bose, he lamented that such valour and patriotism have never been glorified or acknowledged on any occasion.

Rather than honour the Kuki forefathers, Kukis are being suppressed and oppressed even after India gained independence, the president maintained while pointing out that a number of memorandum for Kukiland, from the time Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India in the 1960s followed by similar representations to successive Government of India are yet to evoke positive response.

Decrying non initiation for a meaningful dialogue for an amicable settlement to the crux problems of the Kukis, he pointed out that due to indifferent attitude of the Government, the Kuki National Front was established on May 18, 1987 under the leadership of Pu Nehlun Kipgen to sustain the movement for Kukiland.

The KNF took up arms in pursuit of the demand for Kukiland, that also within the framework of the Constitution of India, he stated while pledging that sacrifices made by the Kuki people who joined the KNF will not go in vain.

Referring to the insurgency movements by of Naga National Council (NNC) subsequently leading to the creation of Nagaland State in 1973, Mizo National Front bringing about the Mizo Accord in 1986, Bodo armed groups resulting in formation of the Bodoland Autonomous Council in 2003 and the TNV Accord in 1988 for creation of District Councils for people of Tripura following insurgency movement launched by Tripura National Volunteers, Thangboi said despite various unfavourable consequences in the formative years one significant progress of the revolutionary movement in the Kuki history was the signing of suspension of operation treaty on August 1, 2005.

Conveying that KNF agreed to sign the SoO pact to facilitate a process for peaceful and meaningful dialogue, he expressed hope that the vexed problems of the Kukis would be amicably settled/resolved with both the Governments of India and Manipur.

Thangboi, nevertheless, cautioned that with the Kuki revolutionary movement being uncertain there is urgent need for all Kuki revolutionary leaders and civil societies to shrug off narrow outlooks based on nepotism and self aggrandizement.

The need of the hour is to broaden our outlooks so that we may share a common platform for the achievement of our goal, exhorted the KNF chief.

Source: Sangai Express & Hueiyen Lanpao
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Delegation of Parlamentarians from Myanmar visits Germany

The delegation with German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Following the invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, seven parliamentarians from Myanmar travelled to Germany, which was the first time ever, parliamentarians of government , opposition and ethnic minorities together as one group.

The delegation was compromised of three representatives from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), two representatives from the National League for Democracy (NLD) as well as the respective chairmen of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) and the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP).

The delegation with Ms Pieper, State Minister in the Foreign Office.

In Berlin, the parliamentarians were familiarized with the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, while in Dresden; they had the chance to gain insights into German politics at the federal state level.


During a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, the group met Mr Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Ms Cornelia Pieper – State Minister of the Foreign Ministers Office, Vice President of the German Bundestag Dr Otto Solms as well as other high-ranking German politicians.

Another highlight was a public discussion in the building of the “Tagesspiegel”, one of Germany’s leading daily newspapers, where the 150 participants had the chance to raise their questions to the delegates. When a question regarding the bloody government-crackdown on peaceful demonstrators 2007 in Yangon was raised, lower house MP Win Oo (USDP) said:  ” We apologize. We, the new parliament, have the responsibility to make sure it never happens again”. Asked about the possibility of a NLD victory in the 2015 election, all panelists said they would welcome Aung San Suu Kyi as President. Continue reading “Delegation of Parlamentarians from Myanmar visits Germany”

People protest against electricity shortage in Mandalay-KDNG

By: Staff Correspondent
Monday, 21 May 2012 11:24
  Translated and Edited by Aung Khin
After frequent electricity cut-off in  Mandalay city for several days, people in this former kingdom city protested against power shortage and demanded 24-hour electricity supply every day.Mandalaynites started the protest at 7p.m on 20 May by lighting up the candles in front of Regional Office of Myanma Electrical Power Corporation situated at 77st road between 26th and 27th streets, as well as in front of Swan Hotel.“The cut-off of electricity started in   April. Power shortages become gradually more severe later. There are many consequences of this problem. While day and night temperatures are getting high, people have been suffering a lot of miseries for months. However, the government officials did not solve the problems. So we are now asking peacefully to relieve our sufferings,” said a resident in

With regard to this demand, Mandalay Region Minister for Electricity and Industry Dr. Myint Kyu and responsible engineer Daw Aye Aye Min of Electricity Power Corporation hold a press conference at 9a.m on the same evening.

“We understand the problems of people. We are not neglecting them. While we are drawing plans to tackle them, we have to experience this protest,” said the minister.

“We have asked for generators from our regional headquarters to supply electricity in Mandalay city. Although we want to fully distribute electricity, we have no enough power supply. So we are just to ask the electricity from Heaven Spirit for shower,” said the engineer of EPC.

The responsible persons said at the press  that electricity will be distributed in central Myanmar city with five- hour rotational basis by dividing three areas.