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Von:	SHAN<H.NG.P  SPM, 100706,1311
An:	strider, Internet: strider@xxxxxxxxxxx
CC:	Tai, internet:tai@xxxxxxxxx
Datum:	04.01.1996 23:17

Antwort:	Kopie von: SLORC TAKE DOI LANG

January 1 , 1996

It was Aesop's famous fable all over again. Two seals catch a fish and dispute
with each other about the choice of its best part. The wily fox intervenes,
presides over the case, gives the head to one seal and tail part to the other,
while he takes the fleshy middle part for himself.

The Mong Tai Army and the United Wa State Army (aka the Communist Party of Burma
until 1989 ) had battled over the possession of Doi Lang with its fetile Yawn
River Valley for more than 13 years. Peace talks were arranged but never quite
succeeded in bringing results. Thousands of precious young lives on both sides
had been sacrificed for this valley.

Then on the night of December 30, 1,500 burmese troops moved into the area,
presumably with the tacit agreement of the besieged MTA. They not only fought
with the Was who were resuming their attacks against the MTA but also got behind
the Thai paramilitary bases which were set up along the  " new borderline " with
Burma's Shan State in 1991. The Burmese military's latest move in effect
questions the Thais' claim on the disputed area.

On the MTA's part, with their own dispute with the Was being settled by Burmese
intervention,further questions as to their claim to the larger territory - the
Shan State itself - have inevitably been raised. People are beginning to ask
whether they are still fighting for it.

The Central Executive Committee of the MTA admits that the MTA, weakened by the
june mutiny, is now forced to start from square one again. However, Khwanmong,
Secretary- 1, says without elaboration, that the MTA shall continue to work in
the best interests of the Shan State.