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News from China-Burma border (1)

News from China-Burma Border (1)

SLORC Pressures KIO to Relocate Villagers

December 8, 1996

Locals in Moemauk town, Banmaw District, near the Sino-Burma border,
informed the ABSDF that the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)
has pressured the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) to relocate
villagers in the area to designated areas under military control.

One of these designated areas is Nalone village. The primary school the
SLORC has set up there has had to be closed because the village has only
about ten households.

The locals also told the ABSDF that the military is pressuring the KIO to
allow an army outpost and police, customs and immigration to be stationed at
Loizar village on the border. However, they say due to the small size of the
village, this is not practical.

The locals believe these demands by the military are just the beginning of
what the military does to armed ethnic groups after it agrees to a ceasefire
with them.