Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mongla follows Wa to reject border force proposal

Peng Jiafu, Bao Youxiang and Sai Leun aka Lin Mingxian

S.H.A.N. - A week after Panghsang, the capital of free Wa territory, turned down the ruling military council’s proposition to transform itself to a junta-run border security force, one of its main allies Mongla has followed suit, according to a reliable source from the Sino-Burma border.

A letter written to Brig Gen Kyaw Phyoe, Commander of Kengtung-based Triangle Region Command, yesterday says the National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS), the group’s official name, is not ready to become a border security force.

Naypyitaw’s front man Lt-Gen Ye Myint last month made the proposal that all ceasefire groups transform themselves into 326 strong units, commanded by their own officers but supervised by 30 junta officers.

The reply followed a summit meeting among Kokang, Wa and Mongla groups last week, when the decision was reportedly made to place all the three armies under a joint command, in the event of hostilities. Kokang was represented by Vice chairman Peng Jiafu, Wa by Bao Youxiang and Mongla by Sai Leun aka Lin Mingxian.

Another source meanwhile said the Wa have newly acquired 10 armored vehicles at Y 8 million ($ 1 million) each. However, the report is yet to be confirmed by Wa sources in Panghsang.

The Burma Army on the other hand, will be putting to use weapons imported from North Korea, according to a local businessman. “It will also kill a lot of civilians in the vicinity,” an army officer was quoted as saying recently.

According to Bangkok-based Altsean-Burma and US-based Human Rights Watch, Pyongyang has sold a number of military items to Burma, which include 130 mm M 46 field guns and truck-borne multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) with a range about 65 km.

Relations between the armed ceasefire groups and the Burma Army have turned from bad to worse as the 2010 nationwide elections draw near. While the former are insisting on a federal system of government, the country’s military leaders continue to advocate a military-led “democracy.”

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