Burma’s new president builds national unity via civil warBy Zin Linn Jun 23, 2011 12:09AM UTC
Warfare between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese government troops in Kachin State has put on the brakes yesterday. However, the KIA has started attacking the urban targets, referring local sources, Kachin News Group [KNG] reported.
On Tuesday night, three mines blew up in serial order in Kachin capital Myitkyina, Northern Burma. The bombs targeted buildings of the Burmese government, said residents.
The first bomb blast took place at a building housing the No. 1 Police Station in Aye Yar quarter downtown at about 11:30 p.m. local time. The second blast, was triggered in the Immigration Office in the same quarter after a few minutes of the first explosion, quoting eyewitnesses KNG said.
After midnight, the third bomb exploded in a government building in the Pangmati quarter, near the government’s Northern Command, added eyewitnesses. No government report on casualties has been released on the serial mine explosions, said local residents.
A KIA officer on condition of anonymity from Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin State confirmed to the Kachin News Group that the explosions were triggered by the KIA. The KIA, the second largest ethnic armed group in multi-ethnic Burma, has given a green signal to its soldiers to attack government troops as well as all government infrastructures after the Burmese Army started a military offensive against KIA in Sang Gang in on June 9.
Then, on Wednesday afternoon, a new war front has been opened between Burmese Army troops and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers in Puta-O district in Kachin State, referring KIA officials, Kachin News Group said. The war front spread to Puta-O (Putau in Kachin) a couple weeks after government troops launched a full-fledged military offensive against the KIA in Sang Gang in N’mawk (Momauk) township in Manmaw (Bhamo) district.
The new war zone is at the head of Hkrang Hka River in the Triangle Area (Mali-Hkrang Walawng in Kachin) in the southeast of the district.
As said by La Nan, General Secretary-2 of Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the political wing of the KIA always welcomes a genuine armistice and dialogue with the military-backed Burmese government under international mediation.
There is heavy fighting between Burmese armed forces under the Puta-O Military Strategy Command-3 and KIA soldiers of Battalion 7 under Brigade 1, said a KIA officer in Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin State.
The government offensive ended the 17-year-old ceasefire agreement. Government’s hostilities caused a fresh civil war in Northern Burma in Kachin State and Shan State.
In a situation filled with risks, the Burmese government has ordered civilian residents of Myitkyina capital in Kachin State to take over safety measures of the Myitkyina-Namti railway road, while the constant war between KIA and the Burmese Army has been in progress.
It has been made compulsory for at least 10 civilians from each neighborhood in Myitkyina to keep an eye on the railway road for security grounds in turn.
The railway road passes through from Myitkyina station to Min Yat, Myo Thit, Aye Yar, Yan Gyi Aung, May Myint, Du Kahtawng, Jan Mai Kawng and San Pya quarter and heads towards Namti, Mogaung Township.
If people are unwilling and do not want to accept the security duty then they must pay a fine or send a substitute for the job. The quarter or area administrative unit collects the money from every house in the neighborhood.
So, it seems the burden of the ongoing civil war expenses and security duties are setting on the shoulder of the people living in the Kachin State. Moreover, the people became victims sandwiched between KIA and Burmese troops.
Currently, people blame on President Thein Sein since he fails to implement his promise.
Burma’s new President Thein Sein gave an address at 1/2011-Meeting held at the President Office in Naypyitaw on 23 April. On that occasion, he highlighted that without national unity, the country with more than 100 races cannot have peace and stability. So, the government has to prioritize the national unity, he said.
On the contrary, Thein Sein is launching a new civil war. Is he prioritizing the national unity through warfare in ethnic states?