Inteltrends: Burma Report 27-AUG-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
New Delhi says no clandestine Burmese nuclear program
Mizzima, 27 Aug 2010
India has weighed in on the debate surrounding a clandestine Burmese nuclear program, concluding that its eastern neighbor is without such a project.
Border Guard Force accepts children from DKBA
Mizzima, 27 Aug 2010
At least 40 child soldiers have joined the ranks of the Burmese regime’s new border forces, after a number of Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) battalions this month came under junta command, a fellow soldier revealed today. “In the past, they [the children] were DKBA soldiers but now they have become BGF soldiers,” a soldier from the Border Guard Force (BGF) central office told Mizzima. “As far as I know, there are about 40 child soldiers in the 999th Brigade and Kalohtoobaw’s battalion alone,” he added.
Shwe Mann quits ‘to become Burma president’
DVB, 27 Aug 2010
The Burmese junta’s third-in-command, General Shwe Mann, has retired from his post in preparation for taking the top position after elections this year, government sources say.
Junta party candidate: Illegal armed group ‘behind’ Shan party
S.H.A.N., 27 Aug 2010
The military regime’s backed the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has reportedly criticized the Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP) led by Sai Ai Pao is getting support from some illegal armed groups, according to local villagers in Shan State North.
Blast Wounds 4 at Three Pagodas Pass
The Irrawaddy, 26 Aug 2010
A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and a pack of homemade explosives exploded and injured four soldiers in Three Pagodas Pass Township near the Thai border on Aug. 25. Border sources said the RPG and homemade explosives, which were packed together, exploded at 5:45 p.m. at block 4 in Three Pagodas Pass township, seriously injuring in the leg a Burmese army soldier who was trying to dispose of the device. The injured soldier and two officers who were only lightly wounded are from the Burmese army Light Infantry Battalion No. 32 based in Three Pagodas Pass. A fourth soldier who was also lightly wounded was a member of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA).
Junta wants KIO to disarm
Kachin, 25 Aug 2010
For the first time during its sixteen year old ceasefire agreement with the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the Burmese army said it wants the KIO to disarm. That information came on August 22, after a series of meetings between the two sides, according to sources close to the KIO. KIO delegates were informed in a letter from Burmese military officials during a Sunday meeting at the Mali Hka Center, inside the junta’s Northern Regional Command at Myitkyina, Kachin State, KIO sources told the Thailand-based Kachin News Group today.
Destruction of Cross in Chin (Burma) condemned
Narinjara, 24 Aug 2010
Chin Human Rights Organization has strongly condemned the destruction of a Christian cross in Chin State of Burma recently. The Chiang Mai (Thailand) based rights body claimed that the cross, located on a hill above Khyauk-yaw village of Mkui Circus, Mindat Township was destroyed following the orders from the military rulers at Nay Pie Taw.
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