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Inteltrends: Burma Report 25-JUN-2010

June 25, 2010

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Wa army switch ‘inevitable’
DVB, 25 Jun 2010

The Wa army in northeastern Burma will one day have to join with the ruling military government because a country with more than one army is unacceptable, the junta has warned the group. A government delegation led by the head of Burma’s Northern Military Command, Win Thein, met with the 30,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA) on Tuesday after a bi-annual visit to China to discuss border security with officials in the country’s southern Yunnan province.

Two top commanders tour Triangle Command for military inspection
S.H.A.N., 25 Jun 2010

Two top regional commanders of the Shan State had made a trip to the Sino-Burma border for inspection of military bases facing ethnic ceasefire groups, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) aka Mongla group, according to local sources.

Two More Arakanese Parties Allowed to Form
Narinjara, 25 Jun 2010

SITTWE: The junta-backed Election Commission has approved the applications of two more parties in Arakan State to form political parties for the upcoming election, report party sources. The Kaman National Progressive Party was approved by the Election Commission on 16 June to form a political party to contest in the upcoming election, and the Khami National Development Party was approved by the Election Commission on 21 June. A total of five political parties have been allowed to form for the election in Arakan State. Those parties are: Rakhine state National Force of Myanmar, Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, Mro (or) Khami National Solidarity Organization, The Kaman National Progressive Party and Khami National Development Party.

Forced Labor on Reconstruction of Border Fences
Narinjara, 24 Jun 2010

MAUNGDAW: Burmese border authorities have been using local residents as forced labor in the reconstruction of border fences soon after they were damaged in recent floods, report local sources. A villager said, “Local government authorities, especially Nasaka forces, have forced local people to work at reconstruction sites of the border fence without any payment…”

Junta not in favour of KSPP contesting elections
Kachin, 24 Jun 2010

It is becoming increasingly evident after the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) appealed to the Union Election Commission (UEC) for the second time for approval, that the Burmese military junta is not in favour of the Kachin party contesting the 2010 elections, said party sources. The general secretary of the junta backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has hinted that the KSPP would be barred from contesting the polls despite there being no official announcement from the UEC to this effect.

Junta poll watchdog bans party marches, slogans
Mizzima, 24 Jun 2010

Burma’s electoral watchdog has banned marching in procession, holding flags, chanting slogans or any act urging supporters to protest against the ruling government, further tightening the junta’s stranglehold on public space ahead of upcoming national elections.

Chinese Weapons Maker to Mine Monywa Copper
The Irrawadday, 24 Jun 2010

A formerly U.S.-banned Chinese weapons manufacturer has revealed that it signed a copper mining contract and a number of cooperation agreements with Burma’s ruling regime during a recent visit to the country by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

Junta sets no new deadline for BGF program at latest meeting
S.H.A.N., 24 Jun 2010

Latest reports say the ruling Burmese military junta had told the United Wa State Army (UWSA) during their meet in Panghsang that its Border Guard Force (BGF) program will be discussed after the new government is formed, according to sources close to the Wa leadership.

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