Inteltrends: Burma Report 03-AUG-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Burmese troops hunt DKBA renegade
DVB, 03 Aug 2010
An order has been sent by senior Burmese army officials to troops in Karen state to capture the commander of a government-allied militia faction, as tensions appear to be escalating. Officials have also introduced tight regulations on civilians in towns bordering territory belonging to the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s (DKBA) Brigade 5, whose commander, Saw La Bwe (also known as Na Kham Mwe), continues to refuse to transform into a Border Guard Force.
Imprisoned Shan ceasefire leader transferred
S.H.A.N., 03 Aug 2010
The leader of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ Maj-Gen Hso Ten, 74, who was sentenced to 106 years imprisonment in 2005, was said to have been transferred from Khamti, Sagaing Division to Mandalay division last weekend, according to family members. No reason for the transfer has been given by the Burma Army, according to his daughter Nang Kham Pao.
Pyongyang’s Media Highlights Junta’s Praise of Kim Jong Il
The Irrawaddy, 02 Aug 2010
North Korea’s media highlighted Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein’s praise of the East Asian nation’s “strengthening of the military capacities and economic construction” under Kim Jong Il’s leadership during a recent meeting with Pyongyang’s foreign minister Pak Ui Chun in Naypyidaw.
[Inteltrends note: N. Korea’s English-language media release, as mentioned in the above article, appears here.]
Nasaka Official Shot and Killed on Western Burma Border
Narinjara, 31 Jul 2010
MAUNGDAW – An official from Burma’s border security force Nasaka was shot dead by an unknown assailant in a village in the border township Maungdaw on 27 July, according to an official report.
Thai state energy giant buys 30 years of gas from junta
Mizzima, 31 Jul 2010
Thailand’s sole purveyor of natural gas, PTT, in Naypyidaw today signed a 30-year gas sales deal with affiliate PTT Exploration and Production and the junta-run Myanma (sic) Oil and Gas Enterprise, the Thai energy minister told a press conference in Bangkok.
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