Inteltrends: Burma Report 31-AUG-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Junta seizes KIO medicines as armed clashes loom
Mizzima, 31 Aug 2010
Junta military security and police this morning seized a year’s supply of medicines from a Kachin rebel motorboat docked on the Irrawaddy River in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina, the boat’s skipper said. The seizure comes amid heightened tensions between the ethnic peoples of the northern Burmese state led by the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Burma’s ruling military junta, which is raising the ante over the KIO’s continued rejection of the order for it to bring its Kachin Independence Army (KIA) under junta command within the Border Guard Force (BGF) by September 1.
Wa, Mongla will not allow entry to Election Commission
S.H.A.N., 31 Aug 2010
The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), commonly known as Mongla group, will not allow Naypyitaw’s election commission to enter their controlled territories on the Sino-Burma border, according to sources coming to the Thai-Burma border. During their meetings with junta negotiators on 20 August, Naypyitaw had reportedly informed them that the EC officials, accompanied by junta security forces, would be visiting them to explain about the upcoming elections. “Both Mongla and Wa replied that since both had decided not to participate in the elections, there was no need for either the EC officials or the Burma Army to visit them,” said a source close to the Mongla leadership.
Bangladesh and China Keen to Construct Tri-Nation Road and Rail Link Via Burma
Narinjara, 31 Aug 2010
DHAKA – The issue of proposed road and rail links between Bangladesh and China via Burma was discussed by the visiting governor of Yunnan Province, Qin Guangrong, and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s office in Dhaka on Sunday morning.
U.S. Won’t Accept Than Shwe as Burma’s Civilian Ruler
The Irrawaddy, 31 Aug 2010
The U.S. Administration announced on Tuesday that it will not accept Snr-Gen Than Shwe as the post-election civilian ruler of Burma if he resigns his post as head of the country’s armed forces but continues to wield power in a leadership role. “A dictator in civilian clothing is still a dictator,” said U.S. State Department Spokesman P. J. Crowley. “The fact that they [the military leaders] are moving out of uniform but still constricting the political space within Burma is a problem for Burma,” Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference.
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