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Junta displays tanks on day of peace parley

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Three mounted amphibians were seen positioned near Tachilek's Shwe Dagon pagoda replica on Wednesday, 23 May, the day Burma's military authorities were to meet representatives from the Shan State Army (SSA) South, according to sources on the border.

No.10 - 5/2007
25 May 2007
War
 
Junta displays tanks on day of peace parley
 
Three mounted amphibians were seen positioned  near Tachilek's Shwe Dagon pagoda replica on Wednesday, 23 May, the day Burma's military authorities were to meet representatives from the Shan State Army (SSA) South, according to sources on the border.
 
"They were moved back to Light Infantry Battalion 331 post, where they have been stationed since 2001 during the Thai-Burma confrontation," said a long-time resident.
 
"Dishonest people don't trust others", commented another. "They are always in fear of being double crossed."
 
The SSA was also attacked on the same day by a 70-strong Burma Army column, commanded by Lt-Col Soe Win, commander of Kengtung-based Light Infantry Battalion 314, according to rebel sources. The column, they say, was on its way to stage a surprise attack on the SSA's patrol Maj Moon Mai, when it ran into another SSA patrol led by Captain Htawn at 11:50. During the 10-minute fight, 4 of the Burma Army men, including Soe Win, were seriously wounded. "One of them died on the way, according to local villagers," said a senior SSA officer.
 
The clash took place northeast of Mong Inn, Kengtung township. SHAN however has not been able to obtain confirmation for the report.
 
The planned meeting between the Burma Army delegation led by Lt-Col Than Tut Thein and the SSA delegation led by Maj Lao Hseng on 23 May was called off after the two sides disagreed on the choice of venue. The latter had proposed a neutral ground, meaning Thailand, while the former insisted that it should be in Burma Army controlled Tachilek.

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