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Inteltrends: Burma Report 18-FEB-2011

February 18, 2011

Compiled by Inteltrends.

Ethnic armies agree on ‘ring of resistance’
DVB, 18.Feb.2011
Twelve ethnic armed groups in Burma have agreed to an alliance they claim will see them collaborate in their struggle against the Burmese junta. Around 50 representatives from a dozen groups, including several ceasefire armies, were present at the four-day talks along the Thai-Burma border this week.
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Politics taking side seat to military in new alliance
S.H.A.N., 17.Feb.2011
By choosing a bona fide military man, General Mutu Saypo of the embattled Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), to head the Central Executive Committee of the newest alliance, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) yesterday, it seems abundantly clear the main concern of Burma’s non-Burman ethnic armed movements is the countrywide offensive expected to be launched by Naypyitaw, following the setting up of a “civilianized” government there.

Burmese troops offer to protect opium fields
Kachin, 17.Feb.2011
Burmese troops arrived recently in Sadung Region, in Waingmaw Township, which is controlled by the Burmese Army’s Border Guard Force (BGF). It is the largest opium cultivating area in Kachin State, locals said.

4 People Killed in 10 Days by Landmines in Burma
Narinjara, 17.Feb.2011
Four people were killed by landmines within the first ten days of February in Burma, reported a state-run newspaper on 16 February.

Leaked ‘Statement’ Adds to Dunkley Intrigue
The Irrawaddy, 17.Feb.2011
While Australian Ross Dunkley – who up until this week was the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Myanmar Times newspaper – sits somewhere inside Insein Prison, unverified reports and rumors about the reasons for his incarceration swirl around Rangoon.

Burma army ‘masquerading as civilians’
DVB, 16.Feb.2011
Civilians have been warned against travelling between three towns in eastern Burma by Karen rebels who claim Burmese troops are donning plain clothes to avoid being ambushed.


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