Inteltrends: Burma Report 14-DEC-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
SE Asia opium production up 75%
DVB (Agence France-Presse), 14 Dec 2010
Poppy cultivation in Southeast Asia jumped 22 percent in 2010, exacerbating the region’s relentless rise in opium production in recent years, the U.N.’s drugs agency said on Monday.
Ethnic Armed Groups Discuss Collaboration
The Irrawaddy, 14 Dec 2010
Four ethnic armed groups have discussed the possibility of deepening cooperation and mutual support at a meeting in Mongla, the Burmese-Chinese border town in Eastern Shan State, which lies in the area controlled by the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA). The meeting, during last week’s Shan New Year, was attended by representatives from the NDAA, the Shan State Army-North, Shan State Army-South and the United Wa State Army (UWSA).
Villagers ordered to surrender muskets
S.H.A.N., 14 Dec 2010
Brig-Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw, Commander of the Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command, recently passed an order to a number of villages in Lashio township, Shan State North, to yield their muskets within 10 days, according to local sources.
$2m bounty for Wa druglord
DVB, 13 Dec 2010
Wanted posters are being placed in Bangkok bars and nightclubs advertising a $US2 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Wa druglord Wei Hsueh-kang. Thai anti-narcotics authorities have launched the joint ‘Operation Hot Spot’ with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to track Wei Hsueh-kang, also a senior commander in the powerful United Wa State Army (UWSA), once the world’s biggest heroin producer.
KIO reiterates it will not shoot at Burmese Army first
Kachin, 11 Dec 2010
James Lum Dau the Assistant Foreign Relations in-charge of KIO based in Bangkok, Thailand, told Kachin News Group that war with the junta depends absolutely on the decision of the regime. There will be no first strike by the KIO’s armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
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