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Inteltrends: Burma Report 15-JUN-2010

June 15, 2010

666 Burmese Among 1,048 Foreigners in Bangladesh Jails
Narinjara, 15 Jun

DHAKA – There are 666 Burmese prisoners among the 1,048 foreign nationals in several prisons in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun told parliament on Monday. Among all foreign inmates, 666 are Burmese, 349 are Indian, 21 are Pakistani, 6 are Nepali, 3 are Tanzanian, and 3 are from Japan, Malaysia, and Hungary. The figures include all prisoners who have either been convicted or are waiting for trial, the minister said.

Burma’s Nuclear Ambiguity
The Irrawaddy, 14 Jun

Analysis by Htet Aung. Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has bluntly rebuffed the fresh evidence aired by Al Jazeera that accuses the country of harboring a secret deal with North Korea to attain nuclear weaponry. The statement, which appeared in the state-run New Light of Myanmar on June 12, said the material in the documentary was a series of “groundless allegations” originating from “fallacious information… based on a single source of some deserters, fugitives and exiles.” However, with regard to the allegations that the military generals were pursuing advanced missile technology and nuclear power, and were working on a labyrinth of secret tunnels and bunkers underneath the capital Naypyidaw, the statement remained silent.

Junta denies developing nuclear arms with N Korea
Mizzima, 12 Jun

Burma’s military junta has strongly denied recent allegations made by Burmese media in exile that Senior General Than Shwe’s regime had sought North Korean assistance to develop nuclear weapons, calling the accusations “baseless”, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.

KNLA Ambushes Kill 12 Junta Troops
The Irrawaddy, 12 Jun

At least a dozen Burmese government soldiers were killed and another 22 wounded in a series of attacks by the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) on Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the ethnic armed group.


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