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BP: Traders urge Burma to reopen

May 24, 1998



              Traders urge
              Burma to reopen

              Supamart Kasem 
              Mae Sot, Tak 

              The Tak Chamber of Commerce yesterday sent a letter to
              Burmese leader Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt calling for the reopening of
              the Thai-Burmese friendship bridge linking the border towns of
              Mae Sot and Myawaddy.

              The letter, signed by Chamber of Commerce President Panithi
              Tang phati, was submitted through Col Chatchapat
              Yamngarmriab, the Thai chairman of the Local Thai-Burmese
              Border Committee.

              Burma closed the bridge on April 14 after heavy shelling of
              Myawaddy, allegedly by Karen National Union rebels.

              The closure has halted border crossing by people of the two
              coun tries and caused an unfavourable im pression of
              Thai-Burmese relations in the eyes of the international commu
              nity, the letter said.

              Copies of the letter were also sent to the Prime Minister's Office,
              the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the National
              Security Council and the army. 


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