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BurmaNet News: October 23, 2001

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          October 23, 2001   Issue # 1904
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*DVB : Buddhist-Muslim riots
*Radio Free Asia: Clashes Erupt In Central Burma, Pegu City Under Curfew
*Narinjara News: Famine creeps silently into Rakhine State, Myanmar
*Narinjara News: Forced Collection of Money for Labourers
*Burma Courier/Network Media Group: Red Cross Declares Prisoners Unfit 
for Hard Labour

MONEY _______
*Burma Courier: Khin Nyunt Turns Gloomy over Economic Prospects

*BurmaNet: Little known Rohingya group alleged to be part of bin Ladin 
*Shan Herald Agency for News:  Chance clash misses drug haul

*Burma Courier: Ex-dictator's "Health" Still a Hot Topic

*BurmaNet: Op/Ed Column--The Talks in Rangoon: Where to from here?
*Chin National Front: [Report on the Fourth Party Central Committee]

__________________ INSIDE BURMA ____________________

DVB : Buddhist-Muslim riots

Text of report by Democratic Voice of Burma on 19 October

DVB has learnt that the Buddhist-Muslim riots which occurred in Prome on 
9 October has spread to Pegu, Pakokku, and other towns. DVB tried to 
contact some monasteries in Pegu and one monk gave the following 

[Unidentified monk] Yes. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] Reverend, I am calling from Norway. I heard that there 
were  some clashes between the Buddhists and the Muslims in Pegu. I 
would like to  ask about that. 

[Unidentified monk] I don't know whether you should call it a clash with 
the  Muslims. About 100 monks became dissatisfied with the Muslims and 
the  authorities, as a precautionary measure, issued a curfew under 
Section-144  in Pegu. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] The problem is between the monks and the police.  
[Unidentified monk] Well, there was a clash with the police and a 
scuffle  broke out. Later the authorities issued a curfew under 
Section-144. There  was no casualty just some wounded. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] How did the problem start? 

[Unidentified monk] The problem started with a war of words between a 
Muslim  and some young novice monks from the teaching monastery. 
According to what  we heard, he said something like an alms beggar 
without mentioning monks  intrinsically. But the monks took it as an 
insult, got into an argument,  and fighting broke out. The police 
intervened and the disturbances started. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] Where did it happen? 

[Unidentified monk] It happened in the eastern part of Pegu. I don't 
know  about the western part. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] Yes, Reverend. I heard that after the Prome incident, 
it  spread to Pegu, and then some other towns. What can you say?  

[Unidentified monk] I also heard about the incidents in Toungoo and 
Prome.  The authorities, fearing similar violent riots like in Prome and 
Toungoo,  issued a dusk to dawn curfew. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] What is the latest situation since it is night there?  

[Unidentified monk] From this morning to 2030 [1400 gmt] tonight, 19  
October, there is nothing unusual. Everything is calm and normal. There 
is  nothing on the roads. Of course, the dusk-to-dawn curfew is still in 
place.  There are no further disturbances... 

Similarly, religious riots broke out in Pakokku, central Burma, on 16  
October where at least one Muslim was seriously injured while two 
Buddhist  monks were arrested. A trader from Pakokku gave the following 

[Unidentified trader] Yes, it did happen, but it was not that serious.  

[Htet Aung Kyaw] In what way? 

[Unidentified trader] Well, fighting broke out on a minor scale between 
the  Indians [Muslims] and the Buddhist monks. One Indian had to be 
admitted to  a hospital. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] When did it happen? 

[Unidentified trader] I am not quite certain but it was two days ago.  

[Htet Aung Kyaw] Was any curfew imposed? 

[Unidentified trader] No. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] You mean, there weren't any security personnel 
[Unidentified trader] There are security personnel. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] According to what we heard it started from a marriage  
problem in Prome. How did it all start in Pakokku? 

[Unidentified trader] It started with a Muslim wearing their traditional 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] Do you mean a Muslim went to town in an attire to 
attend a  mosque? 

[Unidentified trader] Yes, in a similar sense. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] Were the Muslims beaten by the monks? 

[Unidentified trader] Yes. Two monks were defrocked and arrested. They 
are  both in custody now. 

[Htet Aung Kyaw] The Muslim guy was admitted to hospital, wasn't he?  

[Unidentified trader] Yes and his injury required two stitches.  

DVB tried to contact the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council]  
authorities but to no avail. SPDC spokesman Col Hla Min told foreign 
news  agencies that it was true a night curfew was imposed in Prome last 
week but  there was nothing serious. According to latest reports 
received by DVB, a  dusk to dawn curfew remains in place in Prome with 
many security forces  stationed there. Similarly, the SPDC has posted 
security forces near  monasteries, mosques, and thoroughfares in 
Mandalay, Pakokku, Taunggyi,  Toungoo, Syriam, and Akyab. At the same 
time, the SPDC authorities have  severely restricted the travel of 

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, Oslo, in Burmese 1430 gmt 19 Oct 01 


Radio Free Asia: Clashes Erupt In Central Burma, Pegu City Under Curfew

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - Burma?s central city of Pegu was under curfew 
Friday following a clash between Moslems and Buddhists in the 16th 
century capital, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

A disagreement Monday in Hinthagone Ward between a Moslem pharmacy owner 
and several Buddhist monks sparked the clash, according to a monk who 
asked not to be named. No one was seriously injured, several local 
residents said. ?It all started over the purchase of some medicine by a 
monk. After an argument, the monks assaulted the shopkeeper,? a monk who 
witnessed the incident told RFA.

 	Government security forces, called in to restore order, then clashed 
with the Buddhist monks and imposed a 6:00 p.m.- 6:00 a.m. curfew, 
according to witnesses interviewed by phone from Pegu.

They detained several monks and sent others back to their hometowns in 
northern Burma, the witnesses said. All the monks involved were 
reportedly students at the Thathana Mandaing monastery.

As of Friday, the curfew remained in force from 8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. 
and the city had returned to normal, witnesses said.

U Kyaw Hla, president of the Moslem Liberation Organization of Burma, 
sought to downplay the clashes in an interview from the Thai-Burmese 
border. "I can't understand how a clash can start over the purchase of 
medicine by a Buddhist monk at a pharmacy owned by a Moslem,? he said, 
but noted other recent violence between Buddhists and Moslems in Prome.


Narinjara News: Famine creeps silently into Rakhine State, Myanmar


Cox's Bazaar, 22 October:  In Minggan and Rinnabraung quarters of 
Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, at least three people have died of 
starvation last week, according to our correspondent from the town.  
Reports of starvation in Hmainjee, another quarter near the military 
garrison, and from other remote areas of Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, Ponnagyun 
and Paletwa townships have also been reported. The price of rice, the 
staple food grain of Myanmar, has risen sharply in the western part of 
Myanmar, Rakhine State and Chin State in recent weeks, our correspondent 
adds.  People now buy a bag of rice at 8,000 kyats, while the price was 
below 5,000 kyats a couple of weeks ago.  With the fear of a war in 
Afghanistan, and its long shadow over Southeast Asia, people specially 
the Muslim community have started panic buying and hoarding rice.  

The smuggling of rice into Bangladesh has also accelerated.  Meanwhile, 
the military regime has been shipping thousands of tons of rice weekly 
from Sittwe to Yangon, the capital city, since the beginning of the 
rainy season in May this year.   Carrying rice from one township to 
another is banned in the state unless a written permission is obtained 
from the Township Peace and Development Council.  Yet bribing the 
officials, smugglers usually take out boatloads of rice through 
waterways to Bangladesh.  In many remote parts of the state, the 
villagers have to eat rice gruel and look for wild yam or anything worth 
eating, our correspondent adds. 

The picture there is that, because of wholesale forced labour in most of 
the townships during the monsoons this year, when it was agriculture 
season in Rakhine, the farmers and peasants failed to attend to their 
rice paddies.  It is feared that, there will be a shortage of rice in 
Rakhine State, this year.  Though the harvest season is near, famine has 
crept into the remote villages in this fertile part of Myanmar. The 
government sell rice and some other daily necessities, through 
'cooperative' ration shops, only to the government service holders so 
that the general public face very difficult times ahead.


Narinjara News: Forced Collection of Money for Labourers

Cox's Bazaar, 23 October: Though there is no more call for forced labour 
in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in the western part of Myanmar, 
the residents of the township have to provide monthly monetary 
contribution to the State Peace and Development Council Junta through 
the township authority, according to a woman trader from Sittwe, 
speaking to our correspondent at the border area. At Phayre Street in 
the town, Ya-wa-ta or Residential Quarter Peace and Development Council 
Chairman U Saw Maung collects the monthly compulsory contribution of 800 
kyat for each family at Paloktaung.  At Rupa-north quarter Chairman U 
Maung Nu collects at least 500 kyat a family every month.  The picture 
is the same in all the towns of Rakhine State, she added.  Sometimes the 
residents are made to pay more than once in a month in order to repair 
roads, for the reception ceremony of the SPDC high-ranking officials 
from Yangon, for cleanliness drive, etc. Though there is no more 
conscription for forced labour in the towns, there are still wide scale 
practice of forced labour in the remote villages across the state. 


Burma Courier/Network Media Group: Red Cross Declares Prisoners Unfit 
for Hard Labour

Based on news from the Network Media Group:  October 17, 2001 

MOREH (at the Indo-Burma border) -- A total of 200 prisoners from Monywa 
are to be sent to hard labour camps in the Tamu district of on the 
Indo-Burma border.

They will replace more than 120 convicts who were sent back to their 
prisons on October 15 on the recommendation of the International 
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which has been conducting visits to 
the hard labout prison camps run by Burma's military government.

Those sent back include 39 from Oakpho hard-labor camp, 60 from Saya San 
camp and 24  from Yazagyo No 1 camp. The ICRC recommended that they 
should not be forced  to do hard labor due to their health or their 
advanced age or because some were too young.

The conditions of the prisoners at the so-called "new life project" in 
the hard labour camps has deteriorated due to long hours, insufficient 
food and malaria. An internal report of the prisons department of the 
Home Affairs Ministry obtained through a leak showed that the mortality 
rate of the prisoners in the hard labour camps ranged from 24 to 30 
percent every year. A prisoner who escaped from the Saya San camp 
earlier this year told an investigator from the Chin Human Rights 
Organization that 70 prisoners out of total 450 had died during the 
three months he was confined there. 

The investigation team from the ICRC visited the Indo-Burma border camps 
last month
and made the recommendation at that time.


Burma Courier: Khin Nyunt Turns Gloomy over Economic Prospects

Based on news from NLM, Myanmar Times, BBC:  Updated to Oct 18, 2001 

RANGOON - Gen Khin Nyunt of the ruling military council has warned that 
Burma's economy will not escape the effects of the global economic 
shakedown resulting from the terrorist attacks in the United States in 

"The international situation today is greatly complicated and delicate. 
It may be seen that vast transformations taking place in the world are 
having unbelievably adverse effects on the world economy," Khin Nyunt 
told an audience of cabinet ministers and top-level civil servants who 
were present at the closing ceremony of course for diplomatic personnel 
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  "There is no doubt that this 
situation will have a negative impact on small countries like ours that 
are not economically strong.,"

The sombre tone of Khin Nyunt's remarks on the economy contrasted 
sharply with a chirpy, upbeat speech by the regime's GenThan Shwe in 
Kuala Lumpur three weeks ago.   He told potential investors of the 
national chamber of commerce there that Myanmar was "economically 
vibrant and dynamic" and "on the threshold of rapid economic growth", 
urging them to combine Malaysia's technology and capital with Myanmar's 
great human and natural resources. 
A World Bank report this week said that economic growth in Asia's tiger 
economies would slow by 40% this year.  It said that output in its east 
Asia reporting region, which includes the ASEAN countries, growth would 
be down to 4.6% this year from 7.3% in 2000.

Although the region's poorer economies, such as Burma, Laos, Cambodia 
and Vietnam, might not suffer as badly, the implications for individual 
citizens of the growth slide could nonetheless prove severe.

Investment delays in the wealthier economies of the region caused by 
lack of consumer confidence and purchasing power will mean fewer jobs 
and less household income, according to Hosni Kharas, the bank's chief 
economist for East Asia and the Pacific.  "This outcome will certainly 
be bad news for the world's poor," he said.

The report follows bank predictions that the world's poor will be the 
worst hit by the global slowdown, made much worse by the terrorist 

In order to prepare for the impending crisis in Burma, Khin Nyunt said, 
SPDC chairman, General Than Shwe, had urged "increased productivity" and 
the "frugal use of electricity and lubricants".  He did not elaborate 

There was little evidence that the military regime was taking its own 
advice on frugality and reduction in energy consumption very seriously.  
A story in the Myanmar Times (see below) said the junta would keep in 
place an expensive fuel subsidies for oil and gasoline consumption and 
the national airline laid on extra flights inside the country.   A news 
item in the Sept 15 edition of Bangkok's Nation newspaper said that that 
Thailand's national oil company, PTT, had been contracted for the first 
time to supply between five million to seven million litres of diesel 
and petrol a month to the regime in eastern Shan state.  PTT will also 
provide a million litres of lubricant a year for delivery to the 
Tachilek area.

And there seems to be no lack of aviation fuel to power the flights of 
the top coterie of generals, including Khin Nyunt, all over the country 
to carry out "inspection" tours of everything from pagoda gilding 
projects to groundnut farms.


BurmaNet: Little known Rohingya group alleged to be part of bin Ladin 

October 23, 2001

The Independent Bangladesh, referring to unnamed diplomats and analysts 
has identified the little known Arakan-Rohingya Islamic Front (ARIF) as 
being the most likely group that Osama bin Ladin was referring to when 
he reportedly referred to Burma as one of the countries where his 
organization has forces present.  The basis for identifying ARIF as a 
terrorist organization in league with bin Ladin's Al-Qaeda is, thus far, 
exceedingly tenuous.  It amounts to one Bangladeshi newspaper citing 
unnamed sources reacting to the BBC's translation of what a Pakistani 
newspaper claims bin Ladin said.  The article in question also appears 
to reflect an effort by the Bangladeshi government to duck criticism 
based on the fact that ARIF is based there.

Based on BurmaNet's research, here is what is, and is not known about 
the Arakan-Rohingya Islamic Front.

First, what is not known: On the most important question--whether ARIF 
has any connection to bin Ladin--there is very little evidence.  
According to Jane's Intelligence Review, some Burmese Muslims have been 
trained in camps in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda has some presence in Burma. 
 That the connection would be among the Rohingya groups is not 
implausible but no evidence has been offered to support the allegations.

Now, for what is known: The current leader of the Arakan-Rohingya 
Islamic Front appears to be Nurul Islam and the Deputy Chairman is Br. 
Salimullah.  ARIF is an armed group fighting the regime and probably has 
fewer than 200 men under arms.  It is based in Bangladesh and was 
created in 1986 or 1987 but appears to be less active in the last few 
years.  The Bangladesh government has long tolerated the presence of 
insurgent groups active against Burma just as the regime allows 
Bangladeshi insurgent groups to operate from its territory.

ARIF was formed by the merger of Narul Islam's breakaway faction of the 
Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) and an older group, the Rohingya 
Patriotic Front.  The RSO was formed in the early 1980s but the Rohingya 
Patriotic Front has roots that go back much further.  In 1964, the 
Rohingya Islamic Force went into revolt over abuses in the Arakan State 
by the Burma Army and in1973 became, or merged into the Rohingya 
Patriotic Front.

According to materials on Burma published by the US Department of 
Justice, the  Rohingya Patriotic Front force was formed by Muslims who 
had supported Britain during World War II against the Japanese and its 
Burma Independence Army allies.  The association with the British 
heightened Burmese suspicions of Muslims as traitors and led to the 
repression which drove them into revolt.

The Justice Department materials refer to ARIF and the Rohingya 
Solidarity Organization as rivals within the Rohingya Patriotic Front.

In 1991, ARIF called for the immediate transfer of power to the NLD and 
sought to join the Democratic Alliance of Burma which is an umbrella of 
both ethnic and Burman organizations opposed to the regime.  Due to 
intense opposition by the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), no Rohingya 
organizations have been accepted as DAB members.  The ALP is made of 
ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who, like the regime, do not recognize Muslim 
Rohingya as one of Burma's 'national races' or as citizens of Burma.  

Wire service reports in 1995 refer to a merger of ARIF with the Rohingya 
Solidarity Organization to form the Rohingya National Alliance (RNA) but 
the merger appears to have been short lived.  At least since 1996 ARIF  
has been reporting abuses of Muslims in Burma to the International 
Islamic Organization.


Shan Herald Agency for News:  Chance clash misses drug haul

October 23, 2001

An improvised ambush staged by Shans on Sunday (21 October) fell short 
of  capturing the drugs heading for Thailand, said a source from the 
border  this morning.

The attack by Sergeant Kham and 7 fighters from the Shan State Army's 
727th  Brigade at 0830-0845 was launched between Mongharng and Maeken, 
about 40  miles from the Thai border. According to the source, 3 trucks 
were  destroyed, 12 Burmese troops killed and another 5 wounded. The 
attackers  retired after another 15 truckloads of Burmese soldiers 
arrived on the scene. 
"One of the vehicles were two ethnic Chinese from Sinjai village,  
Chaiprakarn District, 120 km north of Chiangmai," said the source. "One 
was  identified as Lao Wu. They had just purchased 150,000 yaba pills at 
the  price of B.11 per pill and were traveling with LIB 328 (Mongkhark) 
to the  border."

They had bought the said drugs from Captain Han Sein, Commander, Company 
2,  IB 65 (Mongton). Han Sein is known as the main salesperson in the 

The Shan State Army's Information Department, however, said only 2 
"enemy  soldiers" were killed and 1 wounded.

___________________ REGIONAL/INTERNATIONAL___________________

Burma Courier: Ex-dictator's "Health" Still a Hot Topic

Courier News Service:  October 16, 2001

RANGOON - Rumours continued to abound this week about the well-being or 
lack-of-it of Burma's former strongman U Ne Win.  The 90-year-old was 
flown back to Rangoon last week after spending a week in a hospital in 
Singapore, reportedly suffering from heart problems.

The Myanmarpyi news service reported former staff members had denied 
that Ne Win had been in a coma in Singapore, saying that he was "strong 
and healthy, as usual".   Reliable sources had also 'revealed' that 
ex-military boss of Burma had never been involved in the country's 
politics since the day he resigned, the on-line journal said.

Nevertheless, reports of the demise of the general who bossed Burma for 
thirty years continued to pop up on Internet news groups.  'Dragon' 
wrote from New Zealand that a 'source', presumably from a different 
background than the regime-friendly Myanmarpyi's informants, knew for 
certain that Ne Win had been buried in the Mingaladon military cemetery, 
with only a couple of representatives from the ruling military, a few 
monks and and close friends, all sworn to secrecy, in attendance.

Not to be left behind in the scramble to cash in on the ex-dictator's 
newsworthiness, Asiaweek's indefatigable Burma correspondent, Roger 
Mitton, wrote in this week's edition of the magazine that he was 
prepared to donate another box of chocolates (apparently he has given 
away several already) in a desperate bid to obtain an interview with the 
nonagenarian.  No word yet on any takers for Mitton's too-too generous 


BurmaNet: Op/Ed Column--The Talks in Rangoon: Where to from here?

Aung Naing Oo

[The opinions expressed in this op/ed column are those of its author.]

October, 2001

Burmese politics has entered a new phase in the past few weeks, 
following the visit of United Nation envoy Mr. Razali Ismail to Rangoon 
in late August, the release of two leaders of the opposition National 
League for Democracy (NLD) and their subsequent meetings with imprisoned 
party General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi.  In Thailand, Deputy Premier 
General Chavalit Yongchaiyoudh disclosed imminent ?good news? from the 
talks in Rangoon confided to him by Burma?s intelligence chief General 
Khin Nyunt during his visit to Thailand in early September.  However, it 
remains unclear how current efforts to mend fences will evolve into 
concrete settlements. 

A number of questions have to be asked to get down to the roots of the 
events. ?As the demonstration of commitment to dialogue, would the 
regime allow U Aung Shwe and U Tin Oo to participate in the talks? ?On 
what basis did General Khin Nyunt assure his ally in Thailand on the 
power-sharing conditions it has allegedly proposed to the NLD? ?Why did 
the NLD deny the existence of such a proposal? 

Similarly, positive developments have to be examined in the light of 
policies and actions that the Burmese regime has continued. While it has 
stopped attacking NLD and its key leaders, the Burmese junta has 
continued to scandalize some prominent personnel and organizations in 
the opposition movement such as the attack on U Win Tin, an NLD leader 
in detention who recently won a prestigious journalist award. 

Also, NLD statements and interviews have indicated things are not going 
well as some think they are. For instance, they urged the regime to 
release political prisoners who have been categorized as "priority" by 
the party ?within the agreed time-frame?.  Recently, the party called 
for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from under house arrest. Does it 
mean that power-sharing proposal does not include the release of 
political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi herself? Certainly, 
these calls for further show of sincerity and willingness to compromise 
on the part of the Burmese junta would not have come out if secret talks 
had gone smoothly. 

Worse still, to undo what has been considered positive signs is the 
speech of the Burmese Minister for Home Affairs given to his 
subordinates during the quarterly meeting a few months ago, which was 
leaked to opposition groups. Essentially, the speech outlined the 
strategy and tactics of the Burmese regime. It is abundantly clear that 
the Generals have changed their tactics and not the strategy ? meaning 
that everything is business as usual for them and that they are not 
prepared to give up easily. 

Giving these contradictions, no further development from the talks is in 
sight. And unfortunately, the prominence and attention the 
reconciliation efforts have gained in its initial stage are likely to be 
lost after terrorist attacks in the United States.  Eventually, the lack 
of progress in the direction of a substantive dialogue will lead the 
international community and the NLD to question the willingness of the 
regime. Questions may also raise regarding NLD's inability to persuade 
the regime to further prove that it is ready to deal with the party. 

Whatever the case may be, what is certain is that the Burmese politics 
has become much more vibrant than a few months ago. Things that cannot 
be negotiated in the secret dialogue have come out into the open. 
Political issues that were considered taboo in the past are being 
discussed. These may not help Burmese political problems immediately but 
will prepare the nation to face the harsh realities that it encounters 
in the near future.     

"There is neither eternal enemy nor friend, " said NLD Vice-Chairman U 
Tin Oo recently. Obviously, he was preparing his party for a change to 
come - perhaps, a possible compromise. His speech also signaled NLD's 
willingness to reach some kind of settlement with the Burmese military 
junta. For the Burmese generals, however, it looks as if the time is on 
their side. They seem to not be in a rush. As feared, they may be 
creating a situation in which the NLD will have to negotiate with the 
generals on their own terms.   

Realistically however, something tangible should come out from the 
negotiations a year after they began. It does not necessarily have to be 
a substantial compromise from either side. But it must demonstrate the 
continuity of dialogue and possibility of a deal in a not too distant 
future. If nothing is to be emerged, "silence" on the talks will not be 
good news any longer. Frustrations and suspicions will grow. Demands 
will become louder and pressure will mount. And the dangers of 
protracted negotiations may be lurking just around the corner.


Chin National Front: [Report on the Fourth Party Central Committee]

General Headquarters, Chinland

October 2001

The fourth meeting of the Second Party Conference of the Chin National 
Front was successfully convened at the party headquarters from 3rd to 
25th of September 2001. The party leaders in and outside of the country 
attended the meeting.

The meeting appointed Pu B. Hranglung and Pu Khar Mang as central 
committee members to fill up the two vacant positions.

It was decided to put more efforts on addressing safety and welfare of 
Chin people in and outside of the country who severely suffer under the 
State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), who mishandles the country?s 
politics. And it was also decided to pay more attention on protection of 
Chinland?s forest and wildlife.

The meeting further decided to lift the total liquor ban which was 
imposed in some townships in 1996 and instead agreed to allow 
consumption with some limitation and implement educating programs in 
order to reduce liquor related problems.

The meeting viewed that the activities of regional commanders of the 
Chin National Army, in view of systematic collection of taxes -- closing 
some cross-border roads with limited periods and taking necessary action 
upon those who disobeyed the order, were done as per the necessity for 
the cause of democracy and the national revolution.

At the same time, the meeting strongly condemned the international 
terrorists and their barbaric acts that shack and threaten security and 
welfare of civilised humanity.

We are saddened by Indian army?s capture of liaison camp of tactical I 
of the Chin National Army on August 02, 2001 as well as Victoria camp of 
Chin National Front on August 25, 2001. We believe that it is only done 
by the decision of regional army commanders. We do not believe that the 
Indian Government, the world?s largest democracy, has a will to act 
against the Chin National Front?s movement for democracy in Burma. The 
Front wants to build mutual understanding and regular contacts with 
Indian authority for peace and stability in the region, democratisation 
and mutual cooperation. 


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