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Communist party members surrender

Subject: Communist party members   surrender in Burma 

Burma-surrender : Communist party members
                           surrender in Burma

                           BANGKOK, April 7 (AFP) - Nearly 300 former
members of the
                           Communist Party Burma (BCP) active in thge
country's western
                           Rakhine State have surrendered to ruling Burmese
                           authorities, official Burmese radio reported Monday.

                           A total of 289 BCP members, including family
members, led by
                           Saw Tun Oo, Chairman of the BCP's Rakhine region
gave up
                           earlier to immigration headquarters in the
western Burmese border
                           town of Maungdaw with a number of assorted arms and
                           ammunition, Radio Rangoon said in a dispatch
monitored here.

                           At the welcoming ceremony, held in Mongdaw
township Monday
                           morning, Saw Tun Oo said his group had decided to
end their
                           guerrilla operations in exchange for Rangoon's
pledge of
                           development assistance, according to the radio.

                           The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant
General Khin
                           Nyunt, powerful secretary general of the State
Law and Order
                           Restoration Council (SLORC), and Major General
Aung Htwe,
                           commander of the Rakhine region army, it said.

                           BCP and ethnic-based armed groups have been
fighting against
                           central governments in Rangoon since Burma gained
                           independence from Britain in 1948.