* India-Burma border fencing delays due to protest by local communities
Surajit Khaund/Mizzima News
A survey of the border between
the state of Manipur, which shares
a 300-kilometer border with
but subsequent fencing work along the border cannot be carried out due
to protests raised by two communities.
The Indian Home Ministry and its Burmese counterpart completed the
survey work during March last year and began erecting a fence along
the border, but Manipur’s Tangkhul and Kuki Naga communities protested
so ardently that work was stopped.
Dwiju Mani Singh, a senior officer of the Manipur government, said
protests from people living in the Moreh, Chorokhunou and Molchan
areas forced the Home Ministry to refer the matter to the Manipur
government. He said the matter is under discussion in the Manipur
Asked when the fencing work would resume, Singh said the cabinet must
According to Tangkhul Naga and Kuki people living in the area, a huge
stretch of land would become
people living on both sides of the border.
contain drug trafficking and cross-border terrorism. Both governments
agreed to conduct a joint survey before erecting the fence. The survey
was completed within six months.
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Mon State PDC ordered Chaungzon USDA to form USDA battalion in town
Independent Mon News Agency
The Mon State Peace and Development Council (MSPDC) ordered Chaungzon
(BiluKyoon) township’s Union Solidarity and Development Association
(USDA) to form a USDA battalion in the township, where the National
League for Democracy (NLD) was powerless, according to a USDA meeting
MSPDC secretary Lt. Col. Soe Myint Aung ordered it to be formed
quickly during the USDA meeting for September that was held on Oct. 3.
According to his direction the USDA battalion is to be formed with:
including 22 points about the USDA soldier’s biography.
The MSPDC general secretary also ordered Chaungzon USDA to get more
than 140,000 USDA members in
In Chaungzon township, USDA and Burmese authorities dealing with the
people and the NLD became powerless, an IMNA source reported.
According to the source’s report, Chanugzon authorities pressured the
NLD hard core by threats.
Because NLD elected representatives Daw Khin Htay Kyoa and U Aung Kyi
Nyunt are not constantly working in the township, other NLD members
were hampered from moving freely, and NLD authority decreased. But the
government authorities and its other organizations generally took over
movement in the township.
On Oct. 1, Moulmein District Peace and Development Council Colonel Ko
Ko Kyi went to
USDA members to form a Youth Affairs organization.
Colonel Ko Ko Kyi directed the Youth Affairs organization to be formed
with 15 members under 35 years old who had degrees.
Like Chaungzon township, other
townships of the USDA in
organized people to join their USDA and some USDA members forced
villagers to join it.
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Some delegates intending to participate in a conference in
the Burmese exiled government, were denied entry visas by Indian
officials, said George Fernendes, former defense minister of
Fernendes is convener of the upcoming three-day international
convention called Restoration of
Conference participants are expected to come from various countries
"There would have been delegations from more countries but some could
not make it because visas were not made available," Fernendes said at
a press conference on the approaching conference. "A lot of us don't
understand [why this has happened]," he added.
Dr. Sein Win, prime minister of
the exiled government of
based in Washington, Australia-based, Burmese-elected Member of
Parliament Dr. Myint Cho, and Malaysian MP Dr. Datuk Ziad Ibrahim and
his wife were all denied entry visas by the Indian embassies in their
Mizzima has learned that the
Consulate General of India in
said he couldn't issue a visa to Dr. Myint Cho unless he received
instructions from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). However, no
response was forthcoming from the MEA and Dr. Myint Cho was not given
a reason why.
The second convention is scheduled to start tomorrow and is expected
to be attended by delegates from 15 countries. The delegates are
expected to address issues including advocacy for the freedom of Nobel
Laureate and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, human rights
violations perpetrated by the ruling military junta, support for the
Burmese democratic movement, affairs concerning refugees
countries, policies on relations between
Southeast Asian nations and other neighbours; drug trafficking, and
security matters related to
A former defense minister of
parliamentarians, diplomats, NGO representatives, leaders of the
Burmese democratic movement and veteran journalists will attend the
conference, organizers said.
"We are not the obstacles to the Than Shwe trip to
said when asked why he thought the
exiled prime minister of
not been issued a visa. Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the
military's State Peace and Development Council, is set to arrive in
The Indian Foreign Ministry had requested the conference convener
to "put off this conference" until after the head of the military
junta's visit to
schedule because "we started two months ago. We had done a lot of work
already and bought air tickets for delegates."
In 1996, Fernendes organized the first international convention for
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