Laiza is as good as occupied, as strategic hills around it have been seized by the Burma Army, said military analyst Aung Kyaw Zaw today. He confirmed that altogether Naypyitaw had launched 242 airstrikes against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The Burmese military’s mindset is not for peace but for total defeat of the KIA, he said. Full report tomorrow. SHAN NEWS

With the seizure of elevations dominating Laiza, the Kachin Independence Organization / Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) capital, the town is “as good as occupied” by the Burmese military, according to prominent military analyst Aung Kyaw Zaw.

“It can be occupied at any time now,” he said. “Besides, according to our information, the government is planning to build a cross-border road from La Jayang to Yinjiang, bypassing Laiza, thereby reducing the town’s importance as a commercial point.”

Aung Kyaw Zaw (Photo: SHAN)

The KIO/KIA headquarters has already been moved to an undisclosed area, according to other sources on the border. The group, having fought a 19 month positional warfare, is now ready for a wholesale guerrilla warfare, Vice Chief of Staff Maj Gen Gun Maw recently told a meeting.

Aung Kyaw Zaw dismissed the defense ministry’s 28 January statement that the army was only defending itself against KIA attacks. “We may accept its arguments, if the army’s positions were falling one after another. We may accept them if the army were using only its Kachin-based 46 infantry battalions,” he said. “But in reality, it’s the other way round. The army was attacking and seizing Kachin positions one after another. They were also using additional units outside Kachin State, numbering 128 infantry battalions in all, against the KIA. Shells fell well inside Chinese soil. They were also launching 242 airstrikes, according to a concerned country’s radar station count. How could it be just a defensive campaign?”



Whatever the government does, according to him, is completely lost on the military. “Its mindset doesn’t have room for peace, only for military victory,” he says. “Their tri-annual meetings of top officers only speak of total annihilation of the rebels, not peace.”

Aung Kyaw Zaw is one of the surviving children of the late Gen Kyaw Zaw, one of the legendary Thirty Comrades formed by Aung San during WW II.

Meanwhile, under pressure from both Washington and Beijing, Naypyitaw is reportedly in a rush to hold another round of peace talks with the KIO. While some news agencies have reported what the venue will be Panghsang, the capital of the United Wa State Party / United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA), other conflicting reports say Panghsang would be the government’s last choice. “You can forget about Wa, UN mediation etc for the time being,” a source from Rangoon told SHAN.


ATTENTION!! KACHIN WAR: Burmese army used Chemical Weapons against KIA-video

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by KNG News

ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္ မိုးေကာင္းျမိဳ႕နယ္ ကခ်င္လြတ္လပ္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္ (KIA)ႏွင့္ အစိုးရတပ္မ်ားတင္းမာသည့္ နယ္ေျမ မရမ္း (Mayan) ေက်းရြာတြင္ လက္နက္ၾကီးက်ည္ ရြာတြင္းသုိ႔က်ေရာက္ ေပါက္ကြဲသျဖင့္ ေဒသခံ ၂ ဦးေသဆံုးျပီး ၃ ဦးဒဏ္ရာရရွိသြားခဲ့သည္။
ယမန္ေန႔ည ၇ နာရီေက်ာ္ခန္႔တြင္ မည္သည့္တပ္ဖြဲ႔မွ ပစ္လိုက္သည္မသိေသာ လက္နက္ၾကီးသည္ မရမ္း (Mayan) ေက်းရြာ ရပ္ကြက္ (၆) ရွိ ေဒသခံ ဂ်န္ေမာ္ (Jangmaw) မိသားစု ေနအိမ္တြင္းသုိ႔ က်ေရာက္ေပါက္ကြဲကာ မိခင္ႏွင့္သားသည္ ပြဲခ်င္းျပီးေသဆုံးခဲ့ျပီး မိသားစု၀င္ ၃ ဦးဒဏ္ရာရသြားခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း မရမ္း ေဒသခံတစ္ဦးက KNG ကခ်င္သတင္းဌာနသုိ႔ ေျပာသည္။

“ေသသြားတဲ့ မိခင္က ႏွေခါင္းကေန က်ည္ဆံ၀င္ျပီး ေခါင္းအေနာက္ကေန ပြင့္ထြက္သြားတာ။ ကေလးက ေခါင္မွာထိျပီး ဦးေနာက္ေတြပါထြက္ျပီး သူတို႔ႏွစ္ေယာက္က ခ်က္ခ်င္းေသသြားတယ္။ ဒဏ္ရာရတဲ့ အဖိုးကေတာ့ ညာဖက္ေျခေထာက္နဲ႔ဖင္မွာ ေသနတ္ထိတယ္။ ေသသြားတဲ့သူရဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသားက ညာဖက္ေျခေထာက္နဲ႔ လက္ညိႇးနဲ႔ ၂ ေခ်ာင္းလား ပ်က္သြားတာဟုတ္တယ္။ ျပီးေတာ့ ေနာက္ေၾကာေတြမွာ က်ည္ဆံေတြ ထိသြားတယ္။ အငယ္ဆံုးကေလးက ဘယ္ဖက္ေျခေထာက္မွာထိတယ္။” ဟု မ်က္ျမင္ေဒသခံတစ္ဦးေျပာျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ Continue reading “ATTENTION!! KACHIN WAR: Burmese army used Chemical Weapons against KIA-video”

BURMA – Myanmar Police Used Phosphorus on LADPADAUNG Protesters, Lawyers Say

A group of lawyers investigating a violent crackdown in Myanmar that left Buddhist monks and villagers with serious burns has concluded that police used white phosphorus, a munition normally reserved for warfare, to disperse protesters.

The suppression in November of a protest outside a controversial copper mine in central Myanmar shocked the Burmese public after images of critically injured monks circulated across the country. It also gave rise to fears that the civilian government of President Thein Sein, which came to power in 2011, was using the same repressive methods as the military governments that preceded it.

Burmese attorneys together with an American human rights lawyer gathered evidence at the site of the protest, including a metal canister that protesters said was fired by the police. The canister was brought to a private laboratory in Bangkok, where a technician determined that residue inside it contained high levels of phosphorus. Access to the canister and a copy of the laboratory report were provided to a reporter.

“We are confident that they used a munition that contained phosphorus,” said U Thein Than Oo, the head of the legal committee of the Upper Burma Lawyers Network, which helped conduct the investigation. “They wanted to warn the entire population not to protest. They wanted to intimidate the people.”

White Phosphorus has many uses in war – as a smoke screen or incendiary weapon – but is rarely if ever used by police forces.

Reached on Wednesday, Zaw Htay, a director in the office of President Thein Sein, declined to comment on what kind of weapon was used. “I can’t say. I can’t answer,” he said.

John Hart, a senior researcher at the Chemical Weapons Program of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said by e-mail that although white phosphorus is not considered a chemical weapon under a 1993 international convention, it is banned from uses that “cause death or other harm through the toxic properties of the chemical.” Continue reading “BURMA – Myanmar Police Used Phosphorus on LADPADAUNG Protesters, Lawyers Say”

BURMA Myanmar state media mislabels Air Bagan crash photo as KIA mine blast





The photo as published in the New Light of Myanmar on January 28.




State-run newspapers have misled millions of readers by cropping a photo of a motorcycle smashed during the December 25 Air Bagan crash and printing it beside a story about a mine blast in Kachin State.

The photo was published in the January 28 edition of the New Light of Myanmar in both English and Myanmar languages, with the caption: “An innocent people dies in mine blast by KIA (Kachin) group near Zanan village on Myitkyina-Putao Road.”

The single-paragraph story beside the photograph was headlined, “KIA mine blast kills one,” and reported that three motorcyclists had triggered a mine while riding from Myitkyina to Putao about 10:30am on January 27.

The photo had been heavily cropped to remove the crowd of onlookers around the motorbike. The original photo was taken by the Myanmar Police Force shortly after the December 25 crash near Heho Airport. The motorbike pictured was ridden by U Pyar, who died after being hit by the aircraft.

The revelation is likely to fuel accusations that state media has been used to disseminate government propaganda about the conflict. State newspapers have regularly featured stories about KIA attacks on civilians and the Tatmadaw, but refrained from covering the impact of Tatmadaw offensives.

The photo was published the same day as the Ministry of Defence issued a press release accusing “some internal and external organisations, embassies and media” of issuing “fabricated news as to armed conflicts in Kachin State”.

“Although the official media stated the atrocities of KIA … those organisations turned a blind eye to the actual events and issued fabricated news. Such biased news could cause misunderstanding in the public and international community,” the press statement said.

BURMA: United Wa State Army (UWSA) to host KACHIN PEACE TALKS

30.JANUARY 2013  The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) on Tuesday accepted an offer by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) to host peace talks with the Burmese government’s Union-level Peacemaking Committee, UWSA spokesman Aung Myint said, adding that the Wa group would mediate the negotiations and had suggested holding a meeting in Panghsang in northern Shan State.

He said that in response to the Wa army’s offer on January 24, the KIO had sent a letter saying that it accepts the UWSA proposal to meet with the government delegation and accepts the proposed site of Panghsang, the UWSA headquarters, as a venue.

The KIO, however, could not be contacted for comment.

“The KIO accepted our offer at noon today,” Aung Myint told Mizzima on Tuesday. “They agreed to come to Panghsang to meet [with the government’s delegation]. Similarly, the government has already informed us that they too accept our offer to hold negotiations at our base. We are informing each party of the other’s decision.”

Earlier, the government’s Union-level Peacemaking Committee had informed the UWSA that if KIO accepts the offer, then they too will accept it, Aung Myint said.  Continue reading “BURMA: United Wa State Army (UWSA) to host KACHIN PEACE TALKS”


Nay Pyi Taw, 31 Jan- Immigration and National Registration Department under the Ministry of Immigration and Population has denied some media reports saying that it will expel Mr Peburelelde Chassey Christophel, a French globetrotter who accompanied peace marchers walking from Yangon to Laiza of Kachin State.
While the 43-member group was lodging at the church in No. 7 Ward in Toungoo, personnel from Toungoo Township Autho r i t ies met Mr Peburelelde Chassey Christophel, 44, holding tourist visa and passport PPNo. P 10 CT 52036 to tell him that his actions had broken visa regulations and sent him back to Yangon.
Then, Deputy Head of Yangon Region Immigration and National Registration Department handed over the French man to Mr Xavierd Argueuver, counselor of French Embassy on 30 January evening.
Although the French man was to be expelled for breaking visa regulations, he was just sent to embassy of his motherland without abolishing original rights embodied in entry visa in consideration of friendship between Myanmar and France.
U San Win ( Immigration officer of Taung Ngu city ) arrest  Mr.christofa ( reporter from Franch ) and go out Burma 30 Jan 13.
Mr.christofa try to record walking for KIA war peace group.-peace march yangon to laiza

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mr.christofa,french reporter
mr.christofa,french reporter
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