KACHIN WAR: KIA 20.JANUARY 2013-VIDEO -STATEMENTS
THANK YOU FOR CEASEFIRE.MR.PRESIDENT
UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATIONLetter number: 5/M-1/CC/2013
Letter dated: 20 January 2013ToThe Working Committee of the Union Peace Making CommitteeSUBJECT: A RESPONSE LETTERHerewith is the response to the letter of the Working Committee of the Union of Myanmar Peace-making Committee.1. We received your letter dated 19 January 2013.
2. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Information Team Press Release dated18 January 2013 mentioned that Burmese army will cease military area clearing operations in Laja Yang area from 0600 hrs 19 January 2013. However the Burmese army continues its offensive operation on 19th till 20th to take over our posts in the same area.
3. Therefore the Myanmar Information Team press release is completely contrary to reality on the ground as the onslaught continues.
4. In such circumstances where the Burmese army in coordination with land, aerial and artillery forces, giving all out pressure on the KIO, the KIO would like to response that the committee should instead of having separate meeting between the two sides, it would be more appropriate to enter into negotiation with the UNFC as decided by the UNFC.Sd/–
Kachin Independence OrganisationCC. Peace Creation Group (PCG)
Burma: NCUB Calls for International Mediation in Burma
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2013 — STATEMENT REGARDING BURMA PEACE PROCESSES
Though the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) would like to welcome the Government of Burma’s announcement to end military offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), it cannot do so for the reason that the unilateral ceasefire announced by it is only for the Lajayan area. The Government’s offensives against the KIA and human rights violations by its troops in other areas of Kachin State are continuing as before.
The military’s sustained attacks against the KIA have eroded trust and become a barrier to peace in the government’s conflicts with ethnic nationalities throughout Burma. On January 10, 2013, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) took a great step forward in ethnic unity, declaring that none of the peace processes that included UNFC members could move forward until the military offensives against the KIA ended, and that the multiple peace processes must be brought together under one unified process. The Government’s announcement that the offensives will end should be more than propaganda to placate the international community including the US, China, UK and Japan and the other ethnic nationality forces.
Ensuring Burma’s peace process continues and that a political solution to the conflicts is reached will require a number of concrete steps. First, there must be a comprehensive ceasefire and the parties will need to accept international mediation. The issues faced by the parties in reaching a political settlement are substantial and complex, and, to date, the parties have failed to deal with core issues regarding how the peace process should be structured. The Government continues to apply pressure on the ethnic nationalities to form political parties and accept the illegitimate 2008 Constitution, for instance, and ethnic requests to engage in a political dialogue as a unified front have been ignored, essentially. Moreover, the association of ethnic nationalities remains unlawful, due to Section 17(1) of the Unlawful Association Act 1908. Unless a political solution to Burma’s ethnic conflicts is reached, any progress towards national reconciliation will be undone. Burma’s transition to peace and democracy may never be achieved.
In order to continue on the path to national reconciliation and peace in Burma, the NCUB calls for the Government to stop all military offensives and acts of war against ethnic nationalities, and observe the ceasefire agreements in effect; refrain from building military forces in ethnic areas, and repeal Section 17(1) of the Unlawful Association Act 1908. The NCUB encourages both parties to seize the
United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of 12 ethnic armed groups, on Sunday sends its strongest message to the quasi-civilian government backed by Burmese army yet as government’s Union of Myanmar/Burma News Team (UMNT) released a statement on Jan 18 accusing KIO/A of being aggressors employing all the dirty tricks to bully the Tatmadaw troops. The statement said, “the news release is nothing but a Nazi-like propaganda war, the use of media to influence public opinion, to paint the KIO/KIA black in the eyes of the people of Burma and the international community.”
UNFC ရဲ့ သေဘာထား အထူးအေရးပါလာတာနဲ႕အညီ အားလုံးသိရွိႏိုင္ေစဖို႕ ၎တို႕ရဲ့ မေန႕က ေန႕စြဲနဲ႕ ထုတ္ျပန္ထားတဲ့ ေက်ညာခ်က္ကို ေဖာ္ျပေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္။
UNFC Public Relation and News Unit
January 20, 2012
1. The news released by the Union of Myanmar/Burma News Team (UMNT), dated January 18, 2013 begins with a catalogue ofmilitaryactions taken by the KIO/KIA since the resumption of military campaigns in June 11, 2011 by Bama Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces) against the KIO/KIA.
2. In the one-sided attack, the UMNT makes it out as if the KIO/KIA were the aggressors employing all the dirty tricks to bully the Tatmadaw troops. The news release is nothing but a Nazi-like propaganda war, the use of media to influence public opinion,to paint the KIO/KIA black in the eyes of the people of Burma and the international community.
3. At one point, it says, “Tatmadaw has strictly followed the orders of the President to use arms only in self-defense”. At another, it says, “From the date of December 10, 2011 when the President Office issued order to shoot only in self-defense to January 15, 2013, the KIO/KIA blew up 122 bridges, staged 64 attacks on camps, commit 28 incidents of forced recruitment, and there have been 1095 clashes, etc.”
4. Only the most gullible people would believe that Tatmadaw is reacting only in self-defense when it deploys more than 120 army battalions, jet fighters,helicopter gunships and heavy artilleries against the KIO/KIA, which have only about 20 battalions, a few mortars and some militia troops. There is no doubt that Tatmadaw has been waging a total war against the KIO/KIA and the people of Kachin State.
5. The unilateral ceasefire by Tatmadaw is only for Lajayan area, a small township on the China-Burma Border. According to reliable information,in other areas of the Kachin State, 3 clashes took place yesterday (January 19), the day on which the ceasefire was supposed to start to be in force.
6. It is clear that the so-called unilateral ceasefire is designed to appease the international community, the US, UK, Chinaand Japan, which have called for the immediate cessation of hostilities, a few days ago. It was also designed to support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to ward off the UNFC deadline.
7. The KIO/KIA signed ceasefire agreement in 1994, attended the National Convention and had faithfully maintained the ceasefire for 17 years, even when the National Convention (the junta) rejected all their demands for a fair share of powerfor the ethnic nationalities. They remained quiet even after the murder of 50 of their personnel, who manned the liaison offices set up in towns and villages.
8. The actions of Tatmadaw have been like what it did to the KNU/KNLA 18 years ago. Then, it isolated the KNU/KNLA and waged an all-out war to crush, without success, the Karen people’s movement. Its war against the KIO/KIA and the Kachin people will also end in failure.
9. The Tatmadaw advanced positions in the KIO/KIA areas, war crimes and all acts of war are not conducive to peaceful resolution of political problems by political means. Like those of the other ethnic nationalities, the Kachin people’s movement for freedom, equality and self-determination are legitimate and their armed resistance is justified.
10. It is time Tatmadaw regained some sense of fairness and the people’s respect, and support the peace and national reconciliation processes called for by the people of Burma and the international community.
For further information, contact;
(1) VP, UNFC: 66 904 567 095
(2) Joint GS-2: 66 857 155 105
Kachin National Organization’s (KNO) Press Release on the Ceasefire Announcement at the Laja Yang by the Burmese Government on 18th January 2013