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U.S commercial interests will be
- Subject: U.S commercial interests will be
- From: ausgeo@xxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 01:19:00
Subject: U.S commercial interests will be viewed as acts of war.
Pipeline Pathway Cleared
SLORC doubt that there is a single Karen fighters within seven km of
Ban-l-Thong, at the Thai border. That is the crossing point for the
controversial natural gas pipeline under construction that will make
its way from Burma's Yadana offshore natural gas field into Thailand.
And in the frontier provinces to the north, KNU fighters are holed up,
considering their options. This dry season's particularly harsh SLORC
offensive against their 49 year-old insurgency hit them harder than in
In 1995, five civilian workers were killed and 11 others injured
when the Karen National Liberation Army attacked the joint
France-American Total-Unocal $ 1.06 billion pipeline project.
Now, another major U.S player, Texaco, as part of another international
consortium, is surveying the route with an eye to laying its own
parallel pipeline from a second field in the Andaman Sea, called
Yedagun. But Texaco is playing it safe_ or at least safer _ than Total
or Unocal did at first. It has hired a U.S company, Ordsafe, to control
security in the area in which it is working. Ordsafe's orders are to
evacuate all Taxaco company personnel at the first hint of trouble.
At least half a dozen former members of the South African military
make up the 20 plus Ordsafe team. The U.S oil companies have also called
on their friends In high places. In Bangkok, Karen representatives were
summoned by U.S diplomats and advised that any further attacks on U.S
commercial interests will be viewed as acts of war.
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