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Inteltrends: Burma Report 03-SEP-2010

September 3, 2010

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Junta Threatens NMSP
The Irrawaddy, 03 Sep 2010

In a letter to the New Mon State Party (NMSP) on Aug. 23, the Burmese military government warned that the Mon cease-fire group will be outlawed if it does not disarm, an NSMP spokesman said. Speaking at a press conference in Sangkhalaburi in western Thailand on Thursday evening, Nai Hong Sar Pon Khaing read out the letter that he said the party received from Regional Southeast Command in Moulmein.

Than Shwe Fears Snipers and Suicide Bombers
The Irrawaddy, 02 Sep 2010

Burma’s junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe is reportedly worried about possible assassination attempts against him these days, according to military intelligent sources. “Our higher-ups have informed us that there are concerns about the senior general being targeted by snipers and suicide bombers ahead of the election,” a junior officer in military security affairs told The Irrawaddy. “So, we were told to increase security awareness,” he said, on condition of anonymity. The military officer said the reports speculate that an assassination attempt might originate from the Myawaddy and Mae Sot area near the Thailand-Burma border, and security has been beefed up along the checkpoints on roads leading out of Myawaddy.

Karen border guard troop shot dead
DVB, 02 Sep 2010

The Burmese govt’s often aggressive attempts to turn ceasefire groups into Border Guard Forces (BGF) has claimed its first victim. Saw Jack was killed by his seniors in a corn field in eastern Burma’s Karen state on Tuesday morning, shortly after he escaped the newly formed BGF 2202 based near Myawaddy, a town on the border with western Thailand. Reports claim he was attempting to defect to territory controlled by Na Kham Mwe, a renegade Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) commander who has refused to make the transformation into a Border Guard Force.

Irrawaddy people agree with poll boycott: NLD
Mizzima, 02 Sep 2010

Many Irrawaddy residents and party members have agreed to boycott Burma’s first elections in 20 years on November 7, according to National League for Democracy (NLD) party vice-chairman Tin Oo.

40 Arrested in Southeastern Bangladesh for Involvement in Drug Trafficking from Burma
Narinjara, 01 Sep 2010

Bangladesh authorities arrested 40 people in the southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar near Burma in connection with drug trafficking during the eight month period from January to August, according to a report of the local authorities. In eight months, the authorities also seized 18,000 yaba [methamphetamine and caffeine] tablets from individuals who had smuggled the tablets from Burma to Bangladesh through several border points along the Naff River.

KIO demands federal union before surrendering weapons
Kachin, 31 Aug 2010

Burma’s ethnic Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has reiterated in a statement today that it will not transform its armed-wing the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) till a genuine federal union comes about and lasting peace is restored in Burma. If the ruling junta restores lasting peace through protracted dialogue with the KIO and implements the goals and aims set forth in the 1947 Panglong Agreement, which was signed by Kachin and other ethnic leaders for a multi-ethnic union with equal rights, the KIO will transform its armed-wing and other departments, the KIO statement released on August 30 said.

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