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Subject: The Asian Age: 12 February 1996
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Organization: Forum for Democracy and Human Rights
12 February 1996
TENSION RISES ON THAI-BURMA BORDER
Kawmoora (Burma), Feb. 11: Tension is high on the Thai Burmese border as
Thai Army reinforcements move up to the frontier and the two uneasy
neighbours accuse each other of supporting rival Burmese rebel factions.
Thai troops are moving into the area after a series of violent cross-border raids
and their commanders are vowing immediate relation for any further intrusions.
Thai forces will stage live-fire military exercises near the border later this week,
a Thai officer said. The ethnic Karen gunmen in Burma held responsible for the
attacks admitted crossing into Thailand to kill their rivals and appeared
determined to continue their fight.
Thai Army officers said last week a Karen rebel splinter faction, the
Democratic Karen Buddhist Army had made 15 raids into Thailand since
October including a January 30 attack on a village in which a policeman and two
civilians were killed for the first time, senior Thai Army officers directly accused
Burma of complicity in the DKBA was being supplied and directed by Burmese
government forces. A senior DKBA officer denied that his were responsible for
raids on Thai villages but admitted they did cross into Thailand to kill members
of the Karen National Union militants group living in the refugee camps. "We've
never attacked Thai villages but kill KNU members," Captain Kyaw Thay told a
small group of reporters at his camp on the Burmese bank of a border river.
"There are lots of KNU members on the Thai side of KNU members on the
Thai side of the border," he said. There would be peace only when KNU leaders
negotiated a settlement with the DKBA's leader, Buddhist monk U. Thuzana,
he said. (Reuter)
STUDENTS CALL ON JUNTA TO HOLD TALKS
Bangkok, Feb. 11: A Burmese students organisation on Sunday called for the
Opposition and government to hold talks as a way of a milestone in Burma's
The All Burma Students' Democratic Front called on the government to begin
talks with ethnic leader and democratic leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu
Kyi, to bring peace and unity to the country.
The All Burma Students' Democratic Front said the State Law and Order
Restoration Council continued the policies of General Ne Win, whose 1962
coup d'tect was followed by almost 30 years of economic decline and civil war.
"Only a Constitution founded on equality, mutual understanding and mutual
respect can bring (the) peace and lasting union of all Burma people," an
ABSDF statement said. Monday marks the 49th anniversary of the Peng Long
agreement, signed by Aung San February 12, 1947. (AFP)