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BURMA OUT! Burma Buys Defence Tech

Subject: BURMA OUT!  Burma Buys Defence Techno

Bangkok Post - May 22, 1999


Mekong states sign accord on suppression at borders
Team approach given emphasis

Ministers from the six Mekong countries and the United Nations drug agency
yesterday signed an agreement in Vientiane to cooperate in drug suppression
across borders.

The agreement addresses a very sensitive area of cooperation between Burma,
Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Most have little or no control over their extensive border areas, where drug
trafficking is most active. Reasons differ from country to country and are
both domestic and external in nature.

The agreement is for four years and will be implemented in two phases. The
first involves China, Laos, Burma and Vietnam; the second the
Cambodia-Thailand, Cambodia-Vietnam, Laos-highland, Laos-Vietnam and
Burma-Thailand borders.

The cost of implementation is $1.8 million.

According to to a UNDCP statement, activities under the agreement are mainly
aimed at building national and bilateral cooperation, and enabling
cross-border personnel to work as a team.

Key components will be workshops to build trust and confidence, and
structures which favour close liaison. Enforcement activities conducive to
practical and daily collaboration will also be identified and encouraged, it

19 May, 1999 by Robert Karniol JDW Asia Pacific Editor

Myanmar (formerly Burma) intends to establish an extensive military
communications network as part of the effort to modernise its armed forces,
sources recently in Yangon (Rangoon) have revealed to Jane's Defence Weekly.

The Ministry of Defence's Directorate of Procurement has invited potential
suppliers to tender for the programme's initial phase, involving the
construction of ground stations for a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)

These would be linked to a transponder capacity still to be leased on a
commercial satellite.

The first stage involves construction of a hub station in Yangon, 10 to 15
remote stations and three to five mobile stations. This should eventually be
expanded to some 200 remote stations that would provide secure voice and

links to military units throughout the country.

The VSAT system would operate on C-Band and may include a video conferencing
capability. An encryption system is another requirement.

Myanmar already has a limited satellite communications capability, although
this is ostensibly civilian-oriented as it is mainly geared to provide
long-distance telephone services in the strategic border areas. A hub
was established at Thanlyn (formerly Syriam), near Yangon, in 1993 and 14
satellite communication terminals set up in remote regions.

This system uses the ASIASAT satellite, owned by Hong Kong-based Asia
Telecommunications Co, with Myanmar leasing one-quarter of a transponder for
the purpose. ASIASAT is among two or three commercial satellites that could
used for the planned military communications network.

Although ASIASAT is owned and operated by a Chinese company, the satellite
of US origin. It is unclear how the use of US technology for a military
communications network would be affected by Washington's sanctions against
Yangon regime, which include a ban on arms sales.



ANNOUNCEMENT - Music Industry Human Rights Association : Burma Out !!

May 21, 1999

Source:  Roger Bunn <policy.office@xxxxxxxxx>

This is an invitation to visit the new whiter than white
Mihra website.

The issue? The IOC and the lack of any real drug war.

Burma Out demonstrations continue in London during the
month of May. And if you wish for war on drugs instead of
a "drug policy". You may care to change your views upon
the misconduct of the International Olympic Committee in

In that they Do Not hold the copyright on what constitutes
the "Olympic spirit" but only on the flame. When the IOC
flame ceases to be "people friendly" then it's mandate
should be investigated and critiqued.

86% of the heroin on the streets of the host nation comes
from Burma. Would you invite your local smack dealer to
your children's birthday party? Then why should the IOC
and the Aus government and unions invite the miltary
regime of Burma to send its pet officers?

It's "people friendly" drug money that builds the "people
friendly" roads and "people friendly" bridges with which
the military junta holds the Burmese nation in its grip.

Next Demo : 4.00pm : 27th May
Australian High Commission
The Strand.
London W1.

Way to go?            http://www.mihra.org

New Music Project : Hopefully artists can soon donate
earnings from their material via the MP3?

The "Piece of Mind" solo album recorded in Holland in
1969, (same time as Sgt Pepper was being recorded
at Abbey Road.)


is now up with links to 4 audio streams.
New MSAudio format.  It is amazing.
Tell me what you think.

You will need IE/Netscape 4.0 or better
and Windows Media Player 6.0 or better.

Get it, come on to the new age. It's worth it.

Richard A. Siegel


Follow the appreciations of the Shan Democratic Union, 
film maker John Pilger,  HH the  Dalai Lama, The Free Burma 

Coalition, Dennis Skinner MP, Tony Benn MP, parliamentarians, 
Socialist Workers' Party, JPR Williams, sportspersons, Hendrix 
bassist Noel Redding, Abdullah Ibrahim, musicians,  All 
Burma Students Democratic Organization and numerous others.  

             Support a REAL war on drugs : Sydney 2000 : Burma Out!

Music Industry Human Rights Association

http://www.mihra.org / policy.office@xxxxxxxxx 
US Satellite http://www.212.net  
click on roger / then click on news desk

Mihra was founded during UN50 to advance and protect 
creators rights in a cultural market monopolised by the 
recording  / publishing Grand Cartel. Mihra's roots are in 
music and anti-racism and was first in line in calling for a 
sports boycott of Burma for the Sydney 2000 Olympic 

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