The Chairman of Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), the political arm of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ Colonel Yawd Serk:”Burma has no government”

FRIDAY, 09 OCTOBER 2009 18:13 S.H.A.N.

The Chairman of Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), the political arm of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ Colonel Yawd Serk said the current ruling military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), cannot be called the Government of the Union of Burma because the 1947 union constitution ratified by all nationalities had already been overthrown.

According to him, the ruling military SPDC is an ethnic organization like many others. The government of the Union has yet to emerge as the union has ceased to exitst since 1962 together with the 1947 constitution. “The ruling junta is not the government. It is just a military clique led by Gen Than Shwe,” he said. “One way to undermine their power therefore is not to call them government. If we do, it will mean that we still accept them as our government.”

The juntas’ much vaunted 3 causes: Non disintegration of the Union; Non disintegration of National Solidarity and Perpetuation of National Sovereignty were also wrong because the union formed by all the ethnic nationalities has gone, according Yawd Serk.

“There was a union because of the 1947 constitution,” he said, “Now that it is no more, it means all the ethnic states have returned to their independent previous status.”

To reestablish the Government of the Union, the Union must be restored first. To restore it, respective representatives from all ethnic nationalities must meet and talk similar to the 1947 Panglong conference, according to him.

Hkun Okker of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) also shared the view of Col Yawd Serk that the Union has been destroyed, but the spirit of the Union is still being used by the junta military and they are still ruling the country as a government even though they are not recognized by the people. yawd-serk02-1

“They are called illegal government or de facto government. The union they are ruling is an artificial union,” he said.

To be a legitimate government and build a genuine union of Burma, they must draft a constitution which truly guarantees the ethnic equality and right to self-determination and accepted by all ethnic nationalities. “The difference will be whereas 1947 was a process of coming together, this time it will be a process of holding together,” he said.

The exile opposition had already launched a credentials challenge campaign at the UN last year.

NORTHERN BORDER-Influx of Wa, Shan likely as war looms

More than 50,000 Wa and Shan villagers are expected to flee to Thailand as several battalions of Burmese troops have moved closer to a stronghold of the United Wa State Army along the Thai-Burmese border in northern Chiang Rai.

Burmese soldiers with heavy weapons, including mortars and RPG rocket launchers, have been deployed to an area opposite the UWSA’s stronghold since Wednesday, said a source at the Shan State Army (SSA) yesterday.

If their stronghold was attacked, the Wa troops would be forced to retreat into an area near the SSA’s military base, said the source who served as a military officer at the anti-Rangoon SSA.

The source predicted that Burma’s offensive against ethnic rebels would force more than 50,000 Shan and Wa villagers to flee over Thailand’s northern border.

The Third Army’s Pha Muang task force has reportedly ordered its troops to keep a close watch on Burma’s ethnic minority groups and be on full alert for possible incursions from the fighting.

Thai villagers living in the border areas prone to fighting would be moved to a safer area if and when attacks begin.

Col Yod Serk, leader of the SSA, said Burma wanted to declare war on all rebel groups following its recent offensive against the ethnic Kokang rebel group, who call themselves the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).

Burma’s next target was the area in Mong La border town before attacking the UWSA in Burma’s southern border opposite Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces, said Col Yod Serk. Continue reading “NORTHERN BORDER-Influx of Wa, Shan likely as war looms”