General Jonny KNLA -Brig 7 elected as head of Karen Army

Gen Jonny - KNLA new GOC

Brigadier General Saw Jonny, commander of the Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 7 has been elected as the commander-in-chief of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). The KNLA is the armed wing of the KNU.

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Brig-Gen Saw Baw Kyaw Heh the commander of the KNLA Brigade 5 has been elected as the vice-chief-of-staff (VCS), the second most powerful position in the Karen army.

The two most powerful positions in the KNLA were elected by the newly formed KNU Standing Committee today at the organisations 15th Congress held at Lay Wah, Pa-an,Karen State.

The positions of the newly two elected commanders will now be submitted to the KNU Congress for ratification.

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Burma Army Infantry battalion 55 seized 307.72 acres of farm and some coconut-plantations on Kantharyar beach in Gwa-Arakan

Thandwe: Burma’s union parliamentary commission for investigating confiscations of agrarian land and other land has recently investigated 1,000 acres of farms seized by the army in Gwa Township in southern Arakan State.

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U Phae Than, a lawmaker of people’s parliament and a member of the commission, said the commission conducted field investigations in Gwa Township on 12th of December after the farmers from the area reported confiscations of their farms to the parliament.

“307.72 acres of farm and some coconut-plantations on Kantharyar beach in Gwa have been seized by the infantry battalion 55. The army still has not used those farms for construction or tree plantations. But it has been renting those farms for cultivation and the coconut-plantations on a contract basis. The farmers want their farms back from the army and they have reported this to our parliamentary commission. So, we have gone there to investigate the matter”, said U Phae Than.

He said the Infantry Battalion (55) based in Thandwe has confiscated those farms and plantations on Kantharyar beach in 1994 and 1995 under the expectation that the beach would become an exotic seaside resort.

“Kantharyar beach in Gwa is as beautiful as Ngapali beach in Thandwe. The army has confiscated those farms near the beach in order to construct hotels as it thought that the beach would become a seaside resort. Some buildings were constructed on some of those farms, but many farms are still being left unused. Those constructed buildings now lie in ruins as well. It will be very difficult for both foreign and domestic tourists to visit the beach because no facilities such as electricity, water and transportation are available there. So, the army has been renting those farms back to farmers for cultivation and the coconut plantation on contracts. All those confiscated farms and plantations are as long as five miles. The beach is still unexploited and very beautiful”, he said.

The local farmers from Kyeintali Village in Gwa Township are also said to have been suffering from losses as the battalion (55) has seized and abandoned over 700 acres of their farms as long as ten miles without doing anything since 1994.

“The farmers from Kyeintali have also complained to us that it has been nearly 20 years since the army confiscated and abandoned their farms without doing anything. So, we had to investigate those farms in Kyeintali as well”, said U Phae Than.

When asked his opinion on those unnecessary confiscations of farms by the army, U Phae Than said, “It is reasonable if the army will confiscate the farms close to their station and necessary for building their stations. But in most cases the army has confiscated the farms situated very far from its stations. It has not done anything beneficial to the people as well as to the nation with those confiscated farms. But the officers of the army have ordered to do so for their personal profits. For a long time they have been exploiting those confiscated farms by renting them back to the farmers. This should not be perpetuated. The farmers also want their farms back. If the farms are returned to them, it will be very beneficial to the nation.”

It is learnt that the army is still continuing to rent the confiscated farms to the farmers even though it has been now ordered by the higher authorities not to raise any welfare funds for their forces by renting the farms for cultivation.

U Phae Than said such perpetrations by the army have made a bad image for the nation.

The commission is also said to have investigated the responsible officers of the Infantry Battalion (55), the district administrator and the farmers concerning the four cases of farm confiscations in Thandwe Township.

It is the second time the parliamentary commission has conducted field investigations on farm confiscations in Arakan State. The commission is said to have investigated four cases in Thandwe, one case in Kyeintali, one case in Gwa and seven cases in Kyaukpru on this mission and is assigned to submit its findings, appraisals and suggestions concerning those cases to the union parliament.

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Letpadaung Investigation Commission Press Release No. 4/2012 13th Waxing of Nadaw, 1374 ME (26th December, 2012)

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Investigation Commission

Press Release No. 4/2012

13th Waxing of Nadaw, 1374 ME

(26th December, 2012)

1. The Government is taking responsibilities for providing medical treatments to

those injured in Letpadaungtaung copper mine incident in Salingyi Township, Monywa

District, Sagaing Region.

2. After making necessary coordination, the Investigation Commission has made

arrangements for giving medical treatment to monk U Tikkhañana on 13-12-2012 and

monk Shin Sajjana on 25-12-2012 in Thailand. Two monks are now receiving medical

treatments in Phra Mongkut Hospital of Bangkok.

3. The Commission has assigned duties to Myanma Environmental Institute (MEI) so

as to assess environmental degradation and impacts on social life. MEI is undertaking

its works after forming the group with the following experts:

(a) Ecology Exper 1

(b) Natural Hazard and Environmental Management Expert 1

(c) Project Development Analyst Expert 1

(d) Health, Safety and Environment Consultant 1

(e) Environmental Engineering Consultant 1

(f) Soil and Water Expert 1

(g) Environmental Mapping Expert 1

(h) Social Impact Assessment Expert 2

(i) Air Quality Expert 1

(j) EIA Consultant 1

(k) Cultural Expert 1

(4) The expert group is to submit its preliminary report to the Commission within two weeks.- ???

ျမန္မာ-တရုတ္ ပိုက္လိုင္းေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရး ေကာ္မတီ Myanmar-China Pipeline Watch Committee (MCPWC) အစီရင္ခံစာ-2 DOCUMENTS

ဘဂၤါလီလက္မွ လြတ္လာေသာ ကဏန္းေထာင္သူႏွစ္ဦး ေပါက္ေတာ ေဆးရံုတြင္ ကုသမႈခံယူလ်က္ရွိ CORAL ARAKAN NEWS

26.12.2012

By Phoe Htaung

ေပါက္ေတာ ၊ ၂၆ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၂၀၁၂ ၊ Coral Arakan News ၊ [ သတင္း ]

ယေန႔မြန္းလြဲပိုင္းတြင္ ဘဂၤါလီမ်ား တိုက္ခိုက္ဖမ္းဆီးျခင္းကို ခံရသူ ေပါက္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္ စိုင္းတုတ္ရြာသား ကဏန္းမွ်ားသူႏွစ္ဦးကို အခ်ိန္မီ ကယ္တင္ႏိုင္ခဲ့ၿပီး ေပါက္ေတာၿမိဳ႕ ျပည္သူေဆးရံုႀကီးတြင္ ေဆးကုသမႈ ခံယူၾကလ်က္ရွိၾကသည္။

ယေန႔မြန္းတည့္ေလာက္က စိုင္းတုတ္ရြာသား ရခိုင္လူမ်ိဳး တင္ေအာင္ျမင့္ (၂၅-ႏွစ္) ႏွင့္ ေက်ာ္သန္းစိုး (၂၄-ႏွစ္) တို႔ သျပာကၽြန္းအနီး ကဏန္းပံုးေထာင္ေနၾကစဥ္ ကုလားမ်ားက လာေရာက္ဖမ္းဆီးသြားၾကသည္ကို ရခိုင္စက္ေလွမ်ားက လွမ္းျမင္လိုက္ေသာေၾကာင့္ သရက္ေခ်ာင္းရြာသားမ်ား၊ စိုင္းတုတ္ရြာသားမ်ားႏွင့္ ၿပည္သူ႕ရဲမ်ား လိုက္လံကယ္ဆယ္သည့္အတြက္ အသက္မေသပဲ လြတ္ေျမာက္လာျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

၄င္းတို႔ႏွစ္ဦးအား ဖမ္းသြားသည္ကို အေ၀းမွစက္ေလွမ်ားလွမ္းျမင္သြားသည္ မျမင္သည္ကို မေသခ်ာသျဖင့္ သတ္ရန္ မသတ္ရန္ ေ၀ခြဲမရ ျဖစ္ေနၾကစဥ္ သစ္ပင္တို႔တြင္ ခ်ည္ေႏွာင္ထားခဲ့ၾကသည္ဟု ဆိုသည္။

(ဖိုးေထာင္ က Coral Arakan အတြက္ ေရးသားသည္။)

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Colonel Saw San Aung,DKBA:” there will be no peace unless the military stops launching offensive attacks against the Kachin rebels”.

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A spokesperson of an ethnic militia said there will be no peace unless the military stops launching offensive attacks against the Kachin rebels. 

“We want peace. The region will only develop when we have peace,” said Colonel Saw San Aung, the regional military operation commander and spokesperson of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), in an interview with Eleven Media Group last week.

The Karens are the last of the ethnic groups to sign a ceasefire deal with the authorities. But fighting continues between the military and the Kachin rebels in the north.
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“If (Myanmar) truly wants internal peace, it will not get it while (the military) is launching offensives [against the Kachin Independence Army] with weapons from North Korea, South Korea, China and Russia,” he added.

Saw San Aung said DKBA’s leader has submitted a letter to the president requesting “eternal peace” in the country, but he has not received any reply from the president yet.

DKBA plans to build factories for people who have suffered through over 60 years of civil war. Saw San Aung said they have submitted a proposal to the government to build a cement factory in Kyaikmayaw Township of Mon State.

DKBA also held a ceremony last Friday to mark their 18th founding anniversary in Soneseemyaing, Myawaddy District in Kayin State, near the Thai border.

DKBA is a breakaway Buddhist group of former soldiers and officers. It was formed in 1994 after it split from its mother organisation, the Christian-led Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). It signed a ceasefire agreement with the government in November last year.

Black box of Myanmar plane crash to be tested in Singapore

The black box of plane crash in eastern Shan State has been found after a few hours of accident, and the flight data recorder will be tested in Singapore, the airline announced.

The plane, a Fokker-100, was forced to make an emergency landing two miles (3.2 kilometers) from Heho airport on Dec 26  morning, according to the aircraft’s carrier Air Bagan.

The accident caused two people killed and 11 injured.

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The Air Bagan flight was carrying 63 passengers, including 51 foreigners, and six crew members from the city of Mandalay to Heho airport in Shan State, the gateway to popular tourist destination Inle Lake.

As the aircraft could not release the landing gear, it crashed on the grounds, broken totally apart in the mid-section, igniting into blaze.

Authorities gave a more dramatic account, saying the pilot mistook the road for a runway due to bad weather.
State television reported: “While descending, the plane mistakenly landed … due to fog beside the runway.”

It said the aircraft made a hard landing on a road and then came to a stop in a nearby rice paddy field.

“The rear end of the plane broke and caught fire,” state TV said.

Rescuers brought the fire under control about 45 minutes later. Witnesses said smoke filled the plane when it hit the ground and was still rising from the plane’s badly-charred wreckage hours later.

Airport officials in Heho said injured passengers were taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Taunggyi for treatment.

The airline company is now working with the respective embassies of injured foreign passengers to get their passports lost in the crash.

Air Bagan said a Myanmar tour guide on board the plane was killed.

A motorcyclist on the ground also perished. Continue reading “Black box of Myanmar plane crash to be tested in Singapore”

KIO objects Burmese army’s northern commander’s Christmas ultimatum(Letter KIO)

Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) sent letter to U Aung Min, Vice-Chairman of Union level Peace-making Work Committee and Minister at the President Office on Dec 24 objecting to Burmese army Northern Commander’s order to withdraw KIA troops from Laja-yang which is located about 7 mile from Kachin administrative capital Laiza.

Northern Commander Brig Gen Tun Tun Naung informed KIO through mediator Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG) to withdraw KIA troops from Laja-yang for administrative purpose by giving a deadline of Dec 25.

KIO said government’s Union level peace-making committee and KIO’s delegates have engaged through dialogues to find political solution. The letter said KIO objects Northern Commander’s intention to find solution by military means by ordering KIA to withdraw its troops from Laja-yang by Dec 25.

KIO and Burmese government signed a ceasefire pact in 1994 after 33 years of fighting between two sides. The Kachin arm-struggle revolution began on Feb 5, 1961 during Burma’s early democratic days under U Nu. The then Burmese government ignored the promise of Panglong and asserted the Union in its own term, repressing the ethnic groups and their cultural and religious traditions by banning teaching of ethnic languages at government schools and declaring Buddhism as a state religion.

17 years of ceasefire period ended after government troops attacked KIA’s Bumsen post stationed near Taping hydropower plant on June 9 of last year. KIO asked Burmese government to honor previous ceasefire agreement by repositioning its troops to the level before 1994 ceasefire agreement. Burmese army has dramatically increased its presence in Kachin region after a ceasefire was signed in 1994. More infantry units from lower Burma including units from Light Infantry Divisions have been sent to Kachin frontlines since the beginning of the renewed fighting.

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On Christmas, Burma Army’s Order Like a
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Call to War: Observers
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The Burma Army has issued an order to armed
ethnic rebels in Kachin State that observers say
is akin to a declaration of war, as the government
claims to be working toward peace in the region.
In a letter sent on Sunday, the government’s
Burma Army ordered ethnic rebels to vacate an
important route near their headquarters.
All soldiers from the Kachin Independence Army
(KIA) should leave the route to Lajayang region,
about 11 kilometers from their headquarters in
Laiza on the Sino-Burma border, before Tuesday,
according to the letter.
Kachin leaders responded that they would stand
their ground.The letter was signed by Brig-Gen Tun
Tun Naung, northern commander of the govern-
ment’s army, and sent through the independent
Peace Talk Creation Group. It said government
soldiers would be deployed to the Lajayang region
to work on administrative processes there.
But Aung Kyaw Zaw, a Burma military watcher on
the Sino-Burma border, said he believed the deplo-
yment would serve a military purpose.
“It’s not normal; it’s a declaration of war,” Aung
Kyaw Zaw said, adding that government forces
would likely wipe out KIA troops if the rebels rem-
ained on the frontlines.
“It’s not suitable to make such an order when the
government is working on the peace process with
ethnic groups,” he added.
The KIA’s political wing, the Kachin Independence
Organization (KIO), sent a letter to the government’s
main peace negotiator, Minister Aung Min of the
President’s Office, saying it rejected the Burma Army’s
order, which it described as a military threat, and
would continue to keep rebel fighters in Lajayang.
The KIO’s letter was sent to Aung Min on Monday
and seen by The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
The letter said the KIO rejected military threats to
resolve the conflict, as the organization aims for a
resolution through political dialogue during peace
negotiations with the government.
The conflict in Kachin State is escalating, as more
government troops head toward KIA headquarters
and fighting breaks out daily, according to Kachin
sources.Fighting is especially bad in Lajayang, a
region that government troops hope to overtake,
observers say. The region is strategically close to
KIA headquarters in Laiza, where about 70,000
refugees have taken shelter.
“Our bases in that region [Lajayang] are very imp-
ortant for us and our headquarters,” KIO spokes-
man La Nan told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
“There’s no way we’ll pull our troops out of there.”
La Nan said the Burma Army’s order seemed to
indicate plans for a large-scale military offensive.
“Our troops are deployed in those [Lajayang] areas,”
he said. “If they [government soldiers] enter that
zone, fighting will surely break out.”
(IRRAWADDY)

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