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IntelTrends: Burma Report 11-MAY-2010

May 11, 2010

Arms Imported Over New Year?
The Irrawaddy, 10 May

Secrecy normally shrouds military relations between Burma and its strategic allies such as China and North Korea, but intelligence sources suggest ongoing military ties with these two countries are helping the Burmese generals’ to achieve their military ambitions, including that of becoming a nuclear power.

Junta sets another deadline for ceasefire Shan Army
S.H.A.N., 10 May

Latest reports say the ruling military junta has set 12 May as another deadline for the strongest faction of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, the First Brigade, which refused to become Naypyitaw-controlled home guard force, to reconsider its negative response. The extension was given on 9 May by Colonel Chit Oo, Deputy Commander of the Eastern Region Command two days after their meeting in Kunhing Township, where the Shan State Army (SSA) North’s 7th brigade is based.

Yawdserk: I will surrender only to the Thais
S.H.A.N., 10 May

Speaking on the ongoing political and military maneuvers of Burma’s ruling junta to divide its armed opponents and force them into submission in the end, Shan State Army (SSA) South leader Yawdserk said he would rather surrender to Thailand instead of the Burma Army “if I have to.” “Western colonizers had tried to divide us by demarcating boundary lines,” he said. “But nothing can stand between the hearts of our two peoples.”

Water shortages sweeping Burma
DVB, 10 May

Lakes and freshwater wells in central Burma are drying up, fuelled by hot weather and abnormal river flows resulting from hydropower projects. A local in Sagaing division’s capital, Monywa, said that wells were drying up in every ward of the city. “The well in our ward dried up and now everyone is out of water,” he said.

2,000 ‘disaffected’ DKBA troops defect to KNU
Mizzima News, 08 May

More than 2,000 Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) soldiers are said to have defected to the Karen National Union (KNU), after military field reports early this week had hundreds of the defectors fighting Burmese Army units as they made their towards the Thai border.

Army expands outposts near Indian border
Mizzima News, 07 May

The Burmese junta’s Western Command is building 15 army outposts using forced labour by villagers who have to bring their own food to the projects near the Indo-Burman border, army sources and local residents have said.

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