Inteltrends: Burma Report 23-JUL-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
U.S. renews sanctions as Clinton rues abuses
AFP, 23 Jul 2010
Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Hanoi, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Burma’s “restrictive electoral laws” stifled civilians’ lives and made polls due this year “unlikely” to be free and fair. Washington’s renewal of a ban on imports from Burma for another year sought to pressure the regime over human rights and democracy as well as alleged ties to North Korea.
U.S.’s Burma Policy Seems to be Floundering
The Irrawaddy, 23 Jul 2010 (2 page article)
BANGKOK – Despite the U.S. Senate vote to renew sanctions, America’s Burma policy seems to be floundering as Washington tries to address challenges throughout the Asia-Pacific region. While U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton maintains rhetorical pressure on the military government in Burma, questions remain about the impact of and viability of American policy toward Burma. (Analysis by Simon Roughneen.)
Burma Upgrades Military with N. Korean Advice
The Irrawaddy, 23 Jul 2010
With the input of North Korean advisers, the Burmese military junta has modernized its Tatmadaw (armed forces) by upgrading its strategic motor vehicle forces, forming a Missile Force and improving the operation of the people’s militias operating under its People’s War Strategy, according to information leaked by military sources to The Irrawaddy. The junta’s objective is better mobilization of light infantry troops and other lines of strategic defense such as artillery forces, air defense forces and missile forces, a source said.
Burma Ignores New Road to Bangladesh Border
Narinjara, 22 Jul 2010
The Burmese military regime has disapproved a proposal to construct a new road to the Bangladesh border on grounds that the road will isolate the main military town on the border, said a local senior construction official on Wednesday. The new road was reportedly proposed to link Maungdaw on the border with the capital Sittwe in western Burma’s Arakan State.
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