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IntelTrends: Burma Report 07-MAY-2010

May 7, 2010

Ceasefire Shan army in quandary
S.H.A.N., 07 May

The ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ that had recently transformed into a home guard force run by Burma Army is in a difficult position after failing to persuade its strongest brigade that is refusing to accept the new status offered by the Burma Army. Latest reports say there are many fighters who are refusing to put on militia uniforms provided by the Burma Army in late April even though their names were in the submitted lists to Naypyitaw by their top leaders.

Wa and allies remain defiant
S.H.A.N., 07 May

While a faction led by its commander and deputy commander has agreed to become junta run home guard forces, the other and stronger faction of the Shan State Army (SSA) North, led by its chief of staff Pang Fa who is closely associated with the United Wa State Army (UWSA), declared on 5 May that it would remain loyal to the people and its political cause, according to sources on the Sino-Burma border.

Shan rebel leader spurns secret talks report
S.H.A.N., 06 May

Reports about the anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ holding closed door meetings with Naypyitaw is spreading among ceasefire groups, according to sources from the Sino-Burma border. The meeting was reported to have been held in late April coinciding with reports that the ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ had agreed to transform itself into a home guard force run by the Burma Army. According to a United Wa State Army (UWSA) source, the Burma’s ruling military council was said to have asked the SSA South join hands with it in the fight against drug dealing groups.

Student group blamed for Rangoon bombings, 1 held
Mizzima News, 06 May

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese junta revealed it had arrested an electrical engineer on suspicion of carrying out the water-festival bombings a week after the grenade attacks in Rangoon last month that killed 10 people and injured 170. It accused the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors of responsibility for the explosions.

Pre-paid SIM Card Sales Drop after Bombings
The Irrawaddy, 06 May

The pre-paid mobile phone SIM card market in Burma has decreased as authorities restrict sales of pre-paid cards without a proper ID and address, following the deadly Rangoon bomb blasts on April 15, sources in Rangoon said.

Two bombs explode in Myitkyina
Kachin News Group, 05 May

Two bombs exploded in Myitkyina, the capital of Burma’s northern Kachin State today at around 11 a.m. local time, but there was no casualty or damage, reports the Kachin News Group reporter in the capital.

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