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SLORC'S GENERAL CALLS FOR SOLIDARIT
- Subject: SLORC'S GENERAL CALLS FOR SOLIDARIT
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 17:49:00
Subject: SLORC'S GENERAL CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY IN THE ARMED FORCES
Burma general calls for solidarity in the
(RECASTS, ADDS background)
RANGOON, April 13 (AFP) - A top Burmese general has called for
personnel to be on guard against "destructionists" seeking to
cause a split in the
armed forces, the state-run press reported Sunday.
Lieutenant-General Tin Oo, chief of staff of the army and second
the ruling junta, the State Law and Order Restoration Council
the comments to personnel at the ministry of defence in Rangoon
New Light of Myanmar daily reported.
He was quoted as saying that "above ground political
organisations in collusion
with underground destructionists and foreign media" were seeking
rapid national development.
"All must be vigilant against those who are spreading slanderous
concoctions and making instigations to split the unity of the
forces) and spoil its morale."
The comments, which came in Tin Oo's first publicised speech
since his eldest
daughter was killed in a mail bomb attack on his home last
speculation of a split within the SLORC.
The rumoured rift in the junta is said to be between factions led
intelligence chief Khin Nyunt and the armed forces chief Maung
to be allied to Tin Oo.
Some opponents of the junta, including the rebel Karens and
students in exile claim that infighting within SLORC was behind
the blast at Tin
Oo's house. Burma has blamed it on anti-SLORC groups operating in
In his speech, Tin Oo, who is also chief of the bureau of special
further called on armed groups within Burma, to make peace with the
government in the interests of national development.
"It is time for a few brethren groups who still remain
underground to think
seriously and make the right decision," he said, in a pointed
reference to rebel
groups including the Karen National Union (KNU).
The KNU is the only major ethnic insurgency yet to reach a
ceasefire with the
SLORC and is currently facing a massive offensive by junta troops
overrun the rebels' territory close to the Thai border.