Burma’s newspaper blames Kachin rebels means little hope for ceasefire?By Zin Linn Aug 06, 2011 1:15AM UTC
Kachin Independence Army (KIO) opened fire at a vehicle on its return from Tarpein (1) Hydropower Plant (a China-backed hydroelectric project) to Momauk between mile posts No. 19 and 21, leaving seven dead and one injured, state-owned New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported Friday.
On 2 August evening, three mechanics, one Chinese interpreter, two police members and two drivers, totaling 8 left Tarpein by car after repairing airconditioners at the communication room of Tarpein (1) Hydropower Plant, it said.
According to the newspaper, during the incident, Police officer Aung Kyi Tun, drivers U Nan Shaung, U Than Htay Aung, air-conditioner technicians U Nay Myo Thein, U Zaw Htwe, interpreter Maung Khant Min Htet, totaling 6 in the vehicle were killed on the spot due to gun fires.
The attack took place during two days of talks negotiating a new ceasefire between delegates from the Kachin Independence Organization and the Burmese government at the KIO’s Laja Yang Liaison Office.
The remaining a i r – c o n d i t i o n e r technician Maung Thaw Lin Tun was injured at belly seriously and constable Myo Thant Naing Hsan at left arm and right leg not serious.
The two injured reported their incident to the frontline military camp. The military column cleared the place of incident and found five dead persons in the car and one beside the car. Maung Thaw Lin Tun, one of two injured persons who reported to the military column died the next morning due to his wounds.
The state newspapers accused KIA of making a false claim through BBC saying the car hit its landmine; that dead and injuries were due to the mine blast in its prohibited area before ceasefire has reached.
In reality, KIA intentionally opened fire at the vehicle small arms on its return from Tarpein, leaving seven persons dead and one injured out of eight, not by the blast of mine planted by KIA, the state-media blamed.Bullet wounds were found on the dead bodies, the injured person. Bullet holes were also found on the vehicle, New Light of Myanmar said Friday.
KIA could not be reached for comment. But, as reported by the Kachin News Group on 2 August, KIA attacked a military truck in the same area saying unknown number of casualties. KIA launched ambush-attack on a Burmese military truck at around 5 pm (local time) in N’mawk Township, Manmaw District, Northern Kachin State.
Meanwhile, Lower House MPs will submit proposals to accomplish peace in Kachin State during the second regular session of Union Parliament which starts on August 22, Chiang Mai based Mizzima News said.
Lower House MP Dwe Bu of the Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State (UDPKS) said that she would talk about the armed conflict in Kachin State in Parliament. UDPKS is a Kachin Party that is reportedly backed by the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
Last week, Members of Parliament of the UDPKS visited Kachin churches to hear their views on the raging war in Kachin State from war refugees taking shelter there. Dwe Bu said most of the refugees wanted peace and she would voice their views in Parliament.
“Without peace, it is difficult for any development to occur,” she told Mizzima..
As said by Dwe Bu, the fresh ceasefire talks between the government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) are mainly focused on a temporary peace. She sought after to propose setting up of a permanent peace. There are 18 Lower House MPs and 12 Upper House MPs representing Kachin State.
Recently, the KIO has proposed an end to the merciless fighting if the government will inaugurate talks for a countrywide ceasefire. But Burmese government authorities did not reveal any obvious positive sign, according to La Nang, a spokesman for the KIO.
The officials of the Kachin State government have no authority to talk about the conflict. People consider that nothing will happen even though the MPs from Kachin state proposed for conciliatory in their State Parliament.
Recently, Burma’s Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, released an open letter addressed to President Thein Sein and ethnic armed groups. Suu Kyi made an appeal for political talk and an urgent ceasefire between major ethnic rebel groups – Kachin Independence Organization, Karen National Union, New Mon State Party, Shan State Army – and government troops.