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Junta war chief for Shan State in Tachilek

by admin last modified 2007-03-15 08:04

Lt-Gen Kyaw Win, who oversees military operations in Shan and Kayah states, has arrived in Tachilek, opposite Maesai today, according to local Thai and Shan security sources:

No.08 - 3/2007
15 March 2007
War
 
Junta war chief for Shan State in Tachilek
 
Lt-Gen Kyaw Win, who oversees military operations in Shan and Kayah states, has arrived in Tachilek, opposite Maesai today, according to local Thai and Shan security sources:
 
Kyaw Win, officially chief of the Bureau of Special Operations (BSO) #2, is due to visit the strategic bridge west of Tachilek being in construction since late last month. The said bridge is some 16 km north of Loi Kawwan, the Shan State Army (SSA)'s main base in eastern Shan State.
 
He is also scheduled to visit Monghpong, 37 km east of Tachilek, where Burma and Laos had agreed earlier to build a bridge across the Mekong, according to local source.
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Lt-Gen Kyaw Win with Sai Leun in Mongla

Kyaw Win flew into Kengtung, 160 km north of Tachilek, on Monday, 12 March. On 13 March, he was reported to be in Mongla, headquarters of Lin Mingxian aka Sai Leun's National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS). Unconfirmed reports say he also visited Panghsang, headquarters of the United Wa State Army headed by Bao Youxiang.
 
Sources however were unable to find out what he discussed with the two ceasefire leaders. The two had in 2002 joined forces with the Burma Army against the SSA. "We thought we were fighting against the Thai Army that had invaded Burma, according to Gen Thein Sein (on 2 June 2002)," an NDAA-ESS officer told S.H.A.N. at that time. "He didn't tell us we were fighting against the SSA."
 
So far The New Light of Myanmar has reported on his arrival in Kengtung, inspection of the extension project on the runway, from 4,700 ft long x 70 ft wide to 8,000 ft long x 150 ft wide, and his visit to Mongla.
 
The SSA and the Burma Army fought for more than a month opposite Chiangmai and Chiangrai provinces in 2002.