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IntelTrends: Burma Report 25-MAY-2010

May 25, 2010

Wa army operations ‘worry junta’
DVB, 25 May

Increased digging of trenches and weapon stockpiling by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) is reportedly concerning the ruling junta in Burma, who last week met with officials from the Wa’s southern brigade. Burmese intelligence chief Ye Myint during talks close to the border town of Tachilek questioned the reasons behind the UWSA’s troop recruitment boost: the 30,000-strong ceasefire army is already Burma’s largest, and controls swathes of territory in the country’s northeastern Shan state.

Most political parties still waiting for final approval before campaigning
S.H.A.N., 25 May

Most of the political parties in Burma so far have yet to start their campaigns as they are still waiting for the final approval to be announced by the Union Elections Commission, according to the Chairman of the Shan Nationals Democratic Party (SNDP). The SNDP Chairman Sai Ai Pao said the party’s final approval will be informed by the UEC on 28 May. It had applied for approval on 19 May including its flag and logo. The SNDP is one of the groups that have been officially permitted to set up parties by the UEC to contest in the upcoming general elections which are to be held later this year. It is now known by the local people in Shan State as Kyar Phyu Party (White Tiger Party).

Shan rebel leader throws support behind The Lady
S.H.A.N., 25 May

Leader of the anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ Lt-Gen Yawd Serk, at the 52nd anniversary of the Shan State Resistance Day which fell on 21st May, urged all people from Burma including ethnic nationalities to continue supporting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi because she is the only one who can lead the way in the implementation of the Panglong agreement which was signed between her father Aung San who represented the Burmans, and leaders of Shans, Kachins and Chins in 1947.

Border Guard Force Plan to Be Sidelined
The Irrawaddy, 24 May

The Burmese military junta will not impose its border guard force (BGF) plan on ethnic cease-fire groups until after the general election, sources close to the War Office in Naypyidaw have told The Irrawaddy. The move comes as Burma’s top military generals gather for their four-monthly meeting in the Burmese capital this week when they are expected to discuss pre- and post-election strategies and decide who will run for parliament and who will assume higher ranks in the military hierarchy. The sources said that Snr-Gen Than Shwe, the junta supremo who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, will request an update on the ethnic situation from his commanders, including Lt-Gen Ye Myint, the junta’s key negotiator and chief of Military Affairs Security, formerly known as military intelligence. However, barring any surprises, Than Shwe will instruct his men to sideline the issue until after the election.

Surprise arrest of Kachin youths in Myitkyina
Kachin, 24 May

The Burmese military junta arrested a youth leader and several ethnic Kachin youths in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State in northern Burma, said sources close to the detained. The arrested were Kachin youth leader Labang Gam Awng and several dozen Kachin youths, most being members of the Education and Economy Development for Youth (EEDY), the youth-wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which refuses to accept the junta-proposed Border Guard Force (BGF), said the sources.

Message to the 52nd anniversary of Shan State People Resistance Day
Taifreedom, 23 May

The 21st of May this year, 2010 marks the 52nd anniversary of Shan State Resistant Day, when our people formed the resistant movements against the Burmese Military regime, for their aggression, dishonor, injustice and unfairness. Let’s remember and salute them all, past and present for their patriotism and bravery…

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