|Ceasefire leaders "harking
at bedtime story"
According to a commander of a ceasefire group in northern Shan
State, representatives of nine groups that had concluded truce pacts
with Rangoon spent time listening to the deputy military intelligence
chief's re-telling of the 30 May incident instead of discussing
issues during the meeting on Saturday, 16 August.
"At first", said the commander, "many of the representatives
had been keyed up for a scolding from Gen Khin Nyunt about their
1 July joint statement. However, they were instead received by Maj
Gen Kyaw Win, who never mentioned a word about the statement throughout
The commander said everyone "harked" politely "at
the bedtime story" that "placed the blame squarely"
on the National League for Democracy for the whole affair. The representatives
were informed afterwards that if they could wait for a few more
days, Gen Khin Nyunt might make himself available. "No date
was fixed," the commander told S.H.A.N..
He assumed that Burma's No.3 man must be busy with Vice Senior
Gen Maung Aye's upcoming trip to Beijing. (Gen Maung Aye reportedly
departed for China yesterday.)
"The generals are said to be worried by the Chinese troop
deployment along the border," he said, "and think that
the CPB (Communist Party of Burma) and the ceasefire armies will
be re-armed for another uprising against Rangoon. I certainly don't
know how they worked out that conclusion. But that's why they are
in such a hurry."
The commander said he had also talked to Li Ziru, the United Wa
State Army's chief-of-staff, who assured him that the Wa were following
the events closely. "He however thought the resumption of fighting
could only result as a last resort for Rangoon," he said.
All sources agreed that the Wa were holding a crisis meeting, although
details are yet to be disclosed. Unconfirmed reports also spoke
of 100-odd MiG fighters in Kunming, Yunnan's capital.
Meanwhile, a Thai border watcher reported Rangoon's recent instructions
to its military intelligence units to find out whether there were
increased activities in their respective areas by the CPB's underground
The New Light of Myanmar, the military's organ, also reported a
meeting on 28 July between generals Maung Aye and Khin Nyunt and
Col Michael Norton, US military attache.
Seven ceasefire groups: Kachin Independence Organization, Kayan
Newland Party, Karenni Nationalities People's Liberation Front,
Palaung State Liberation Army, New Mon State Party, Shan State Peace
Council and Shan State Nationalities People's Liberation Organization,
had, on 1 July, issued a statement "regretting" the 30
May massacre and demanding a tripartite dialogue.