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NEWS- THAI's DEMAND CLARIFICATION
- Subject: NEWS- THAI's DEMAND CLARIFICATION
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 12:59:00
Subject: NEWS- THAI's DEMAND CLARIFICATION OVER KAREN ATTACK
THAI's DEMAND CLARIFICATION OVER KAREN ATTACK
BANGKOK POST: CLARIFICATION SOUGHT OVER KAREN ATTACK
4 May, 1999
ARMY MAKES FORMAL PROTEST TO RANGOON
The Foreign Ministry today will summon a Burmese embassy official to
attack by pro-Rangoon Karen rebels on a Thai police station in Mae Hong
over the weekend.
An informed source said the National Security Council has stated that
foreign intruders at Ban Nam Piang Din on Saturday were leftist-Kayah
connections with Burmese troops.
The attack badly damaged the police station but there were no
A senior ministry official said Thailand could not hold the Burmese
responsible because the intruders were ethnic minorities. But he said
wanted Rangoon to verify information and admit involvement in the
The call is being made ahead of a meeting of the Thai-Burmese Joint
Committee scheduled for Thursday in Rangoon, to discuss demarcation and
border issues. Deputy Foreign Minister Sukhumbhand Paribatra will
meeting with his Burmese counterpart Khin Maung Win.
Nyan Lynn, the embassy's ministerial counsellor, has recently been
aid in intelligence gathering from the Burmese side regarding the
nine Thai villagers in Chiang Mai's Doi Ang Khang district by an armed
group in early April.
Meanwhile, the army and the police have formally protested to Rangoon
letting Burmese minority rebels intrude into Thailand and cause unrest.
Gen Surayud Chulanont, the army chief, said a protest letter has been
Rangoon and the frequent incursions would be raised for urgent
the Thai-Burmese local border meeting on May 21.
The latest attack by the rebels on Thai soil came on Saturday when the
so-called "Red Star" Karen army fired on Nam Piang Din police station in
Senior army officers suspected the attack was motivated by a clash of
in the drug trade.
Gen Surayud said the Naresuan Task Force has managed to defuse booby
believed to have been planted by the Karen army. He added army personnel
maintain their presence in Ban Nam Piang Din for a while longer to
retaliate against any incursions.
A defence has been mounted along border areas prone to intrusion to
residents' confidence. The army chief, however, conceded intelligence on
movement of the rebels was unclear, making attempts at monitoring
He insisted the military would not launch a reprisal for Saturday's
added his troops were ready to move in at any time to fight off external