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Inteltrends: Burma Report 20-AUG-2010

August 20, 2010

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Wa, Mongla meet Naypyitaw’s negotiators
S.H.A.N., 20 Aug 2010

Two of Burma’s ethnic ceasefire groups: United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) better known as Mongla group, that have refused to transform themselves into Naypyitaw’s border guard force (BGF) program are scheduled to meet military officials today, local sources from the Sino-Burma border reported. On 17 August, Naypyitaw invited UWSA and NDAA to meet its negotiators Lt-Gen Ye Myint, Chief of Military Affairs Security (MAS) and Maj-Gen Kyaw Phyoe, Commander of Golden Triangle Region Command on 20 August. “But the two have to meet separately,” said an informed source. The UWSA including its supreme leader Bao Youxiang was asked to meet Lt-Gen Ye Myint at Tangyan, 83 miles southwest of Shan State North’s capital Lashio and NDAA is to meet Maj-Gen Kyaw Phyoe at Shan State East’s capital Kengtung. No reason for the meeting was given to the groups.

Burma’s Economy Stalled under Junta, Cronies
The Irrawaddy, 20 Aug 2010

RANGOON – Burma’s military regime cannot improve the country’s economy by favoring people who have close ties with the generals and who monopolize businesses, according to respected Burmese economist Dr U Myint. “As long as the government and its cronies are controlling the country’s economy we will face the same economic situation even in the year 3010,” U Myint said.

Yuzana company grabs land of 1,000 families
Kachin, 20 Aug 2010

In a land grab of massive proportions, huge tracts of land of nearly 1,000 families in Hukawng Valley in Burma’s northern Kachin State have been seized by the Rangoon-based Yuzana Company backed by the country’s ruling junta, said local sources.

Ten generals to shed rank in pre-vote reshuffle
Mizzima, 20 Aug 2010

The Burmese junta is to undertake a huge military reshuffle next week, after which 10 officers at the rank of lieutenant general ranks are to retire to participate in the recently announced general elections on November 7, a source at the Ministry of Defence said late yesterday. “Of the 14 lieutenant generals in the Burmese army, only four will be left in position and all the others will go”, the source said. The positions will be filled by officers holding the rank of brigadier general, mostly Regional Military Commanders, the source said.

Burmese junta’s backyard sees spate of vandalism
Mizzima, 19 Aug 2010

Vandals have struck Naypyidaw, the Burmese ruling military junta’s capital, breaking signs and electric lighting in public areas, according to city police. From early this month, “saboteurs” had destroyed direction signboards, traffic-light bulbs and fluorescent strips on lamp posts, and were still at large, an officer from Naypyidaw Police Station No. 1 said.

Editorial:  A Good Move by Washington
The Irrawaddy, 19 Aug 2010

The U.S. decision to begin consultations with key international and regional partners to support the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Burmese junta’s alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes is a good move but it must be more than just symbolic. Benjamin Chang, deputy spokesman of the U.S. National Security Council, confirmed to The Irrawaddy that the U.S. has began talks with a broad array of stakeholders, including the regional countries, about how to reach this goal.

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