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Inteltrends: Burma Report 17-SEP-2010

September 17, 2010

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Editorial: ‘Concern’ Doesn’t Cut It
The Irrawaddy, 17 Sep 2010

Every time UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses “concern” at the situation in Burma, the country’s people lose a little more faith in the world body.

Tension flares up between Burma’s junta, ceasefire groups after confrontations
S.H.A.N., 16 Sep 2010

Tensions between Burma Army and ceasefire groups on the Sino-Burma border have dramatically accelerated following a clash between the Burma Army and Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ two days ago, sources from both local and the Sino-Burma border.

Shan resistance leader: Junta up to no good
S.H.A.N., 15 Sep 2010

Referring to Naypyitaw’s latest instruction to its border units to make Shan State Army and United Wa State Army uniforms recently, the leader of the anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ Lt-Gen Yawdserk said the military junta is now playing a dangerous game in order to break ceasefire groups into pieces. According to sources from both Shan and Thai security, Naypyitaw had, earlier this month, reportedly ordered its units based along Thai-Burma border to make UWSA and SSA uniforms for Burma Army use. One of them, Infantry Battalion (IB) #225, based in Shan State East’s Mongton Township, opposite Thailand’s Chiangmai, has already been making the suits since 6 September. The base was assigned to make 100 uniforms (50 Wa and 50 SSA), according to a source close to the junta in Mongton. “The order said no one must leak out about this directive, but who can shut the people’s mouths forever?,” he said.

Burmese junta threatens to eliminate KIO post polls
Kachin, 16 Sep 2010

In a chilling declaration, the Burmese ruling junta has announced that will eliminate the ethnic Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) after the countrywide elections on November 7, pointing out that it will be the first such instance in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, said local sources. This is the first time that Burma’s military brass has officially spoken about eliminating KIO, which had a ceasefire agreement with the junta for over 16 years. The armed group also approved the junta-centric 2008 constitution.

Junta Deploys More Troops after China Visit
The Irrawaddy, 14 Sep 2010

The Burmese junta has increased its troops deployment near areas controlled by the largest ethnic armed group, the United Wa State Army, following Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s five-day trip to China, where he discussed border issues with his Chinese counterparts in Beijing. Ethnic sources along the Sino-Burmese border said several hundred government troops have reinforced the tactical command of the Military Operation Command (MOC)-1 around Tangyang in northern Shan State since Sunday, a day after Than Shwe returned to Burma. “We learned on Sunday that an estimated 500 government troops were sent to the MOC-1’s tactical command in Tangyang. Before fresh reinforcements, there were seven battalions under the command. So now there could be around 2,000 troops total in Tangyang under the MOC-1,” said an ethnic source, who said one more light infantry division is likely to be deploy in northern Shan State. An official of the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South) said that since last week there also are more government troops deployed in southern Shan State, particularly near areas controlled by UWSA bases along the Thai-Burmese border.

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