|Old Wa lab gets new
The Wa army's transfer of their refinery to their new regional
base, in accordance with the decisions made late last month, was
completed yesterday, said border sources this afternoon.
"This is the one relocated from Mongyawn (in Monghsat township)
to Hopang-Hoyawd (in Mongton township) early last year," he
The new locality is in Mongjawd, 20 miles west of the Mongton-BP1
road across Chiangmai province. It had been designated early this
year as the new command post for Wei Hsuehkang's 171th Military
Wei has already moved his headquarters twice lately, the first
time from Monghsat's Wanhong 3 years earlier to Mongton's Hwe Aw,
20 miles north of the Thai border.
"The movement of their HQ began soon after the attack and
seizure of a rival militia group and its refinery on 30 March,"
added another source.
The movement of the refinery was among the decisions taken at Nawng
Payen village, north of Mongton among Wa and Burmese officials on
28 June, according to the first source.
Other resolutions were:
To purchase 2,500 joy (1 joy = 1.6 kg) in Mongkang (Mongton township)
and Mongpu (Mongpiang Township);
To suppress all rival establishments
All sources, both Wa and Shan, have denied recent reports about
Wei Hsuehkang's arrest in Lashio, the northern Shan State capital.
"The Wa would be on the warpath against the Burmese (military)
if it were true," commented a businessman in Tachilek who enjoys
close ties with the Wa.