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June 15, 2001 Issue # 1826
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INSIDE BURMA _______
*AFP: Myanmar regime frees more opposition figures
*AP: Opposition journalist freed from detention in Myanmar
*Rohingya Solidarity Organisation: Seventy mosques and madarasas
ordered to be destroyed in north Arakan
*Independent Mon News Agency: Forced porters used by LIB 548
*Bangkok Post: Evacuation drills staged as Burma-Shan clashes feared
*Bangkok Post: DKBA troops defect to KNU over drugs
*Bangkok Post: Gen Chavalit denies rift with Surakiart
*TheNation: No rift between ministries
*Reuters: Bangladesh detains Myanmar communist rebels
*BMA: U.S Puts more Pressure on Burma
*Bangkok Post: Burma trip is ill-advised
*Asiaweek: Business, Burmese Style [letters]
*The New light of Myanmar (SPDC): A visit to Mongla: A town developing
in leaps and bounds
*PD Burma: Calendar of events
__________________ INSIDE BURMA ____________________
AFP: Myanmar regime frees more opposition figures
YANGON, June 15
Myanmar's military junta have released another opposition leader of the
National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as seven more political
prisoners, a NLD source said Friday.
Doctor Saw Mra Aung and the seven others were freed late Thursday
evening, the source said.
Saw Mra Aung had been appointed speaker of parliament following the
1990 elections which the NLD won massively but which the junta failed to
He was originally from the now defunct Union Nationalities League for
Democracy (UNLD) which was an affiliation of some 20 minority ethnic
The seven others released Thursday have not been named.
On Wednesday, one of Myanmar's best known political prisoners, the
journalist and opposition leader Soe Thein, was freed a few days after a
UN mission mediated.
The development followed a recent visit to Yangon of the UN secretary
general's special envoy and Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail.
AP: Opposition journalist freed from detention in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar - 2001-06-14 Thu 09:46
Soe Thein, a well-known writer and elected member of parliament from the
opposition National League for Democracy, has been released from prison
after serving five years in detention, family members said.
Soe Thein, also known as Maung Wunntha, was released from Insein Prison
outside Yangon on Wednesday night, said a relative, speaking on
condition of anonymity. A well-known writer and publisher of a journal,
Soe Thein is in his mid-fifties. His relative said he appeared to be in
Last October, the Paris-based group Reporters San Frontieres _
Reporters Without Borders _ said Soe Thein was critically ill.
The group, which supports press freedom around the world, said he was
admitted during the third week of September to the intensive care
service of Yangon's general hospital after suffering a heart attack in
his cell. It said he had suffered a previous heart attack in prison in
July 1997, and also suffered from a stomach disease.
According to Reporters San Frontieres, Soe Thein was jailed under a
national security statute which provides for indefinite periods of
detention without trial.
It said he was editor of the official newspaper Botahtaung before being
dismissed in 1988 because of his support for the pro-democracy movement
which was trying to end military rule. He also published a journal,
Ah-Twe-Ah-Myin _ The Thought_ until 1990.
Soe Thein was elected to parliament in the general election of 1990,
which was won in a landslide by the National League for Democracy. The
military, however, never allowed Parliament to convene, and remains in
Soe Thein was also technically disqualified from his seat after being
convicted in October 1990 under another security law. He was released
from that conviction under an amnesty in April 1992.
2001-06-14 Thu 09:46
Rohingya Solidarity Organisation: Seventy mosques and madarasas ordered
to be destroyed in north Arakan
Date: 12 June 2001
Several places of worship have been desecrating and destroying by
military junta since it took power. The newly formed military regional
command (Da Sa Ka) issued an order last month by its commander Brig.
Phon Swe to destroy 70 more mosques and madarasas under Hashurata area
in 14 villages north of Maungdaw township, about 120 km north of Akyab,
capital of Arakan State. Earlier the military junta officials have
already demolished 15 mosques in April 2001 under Maungdaw township. It
is part of the on-going programme of the military junta to clear Islamic
signs from the soil of Arakan.
(Sheikh Deen Mohammed)
Rohingya Solidarity Organisation
Independent Mon News Agency: Forced porters used by LIB 548
June 14, 2001
Battalion LIB No, 548 forced local people as porter in Kya-in-seik-kyi
Township, Karen State.
On May 29,2001, Light Infantry Battalion No.548, based in
Pha-yar-nguke-toe village, forced 30 local people from Krain Htaw and
Phayarghone (Dei Kyaik) villages to work as porters. The villagers were
forced to carry supplies and ammunition for the Battalion?s columns
around the Zahmi river, according to a local Mon villager. This SPDC
troops using porters was lead by Captain Thein Oo, added the villager.
SPDC battalions No.548 and 447 have been based in Pha-Yarnguketoe
village recently. When they were constructing the battalion buildings,
they used forced people from this village to labor, causing some
villagers to move away. These battalions are based in the area for
carrying out offensives against KNU troops.
Bangkok Post: Evacuation drills staged as Burma-Shan clashes feared
June 15, 2001
By Subin Khuenkaew, Chiang Mai
Evacuation drills have been carried out at four border villages in Wiang
Haeng district ahead of anticipated fighting between Burmese troops and
Shan rebels in Burma.
Maj-Gen Nakhon Sriphetphan, commander of the Pha Muang task force, said
the drills near the Lak Taeng border crossing were low key, to prevent
Burmese misunderstanding about the situation.
"We are certain the villagers will be able to protect themselves before
help arrives if there is any spillover from clashes in Burma, or if
shells land in any villages. "Evacuation drills have been well-planned
and carefully practised to prevent any misunderstanding," he said. The
drill was prepared on the assumption Burmese soldiers would attack the
Shan State Army stronghold on Doi Tai Laeng, opposite Pang Ma Pha
district of Mae Hong Son.
Military intelligence suggested Burmese troops and Shan rebels would
clash in a border area opposite Wiang Haeng district.
Homkhongsai Lungmaung, headmaster of Wat Fa Wiang In Pre-School
Childcare Centre, said teachers had not told any of the 128 students the
reason why they had to participate in evacuation drills for fear the
youngsters would panic. Officials agreed at a meeting in Mae Sai
district yesterday that 20 border crossings in Chiang Rai should be
closed for security reasons.
Bangkok Post: DKBA troops defect to KNU over drugs
June 15, 2001
Tak-Nine soldiers of the pro-Rangoon Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
defected to the Karen National Union in Burma, opposite Tha Song Yang
The defectors handed over five M16 and AK47 rifles, two M79 grenade
launchers, one RPG rocket launcher, and a quantity of ammunition to the
anti-Rangoon KNU, a KNU source said.
They said they could not stand by and watch the large number of DKBA
soldiers becoming addicted to methamphetamines and being forced to
deliver the pills to the Thai border.
They said Phra Uthusna, the DKBA leader, had moved from Mya Yi Ngu
temple near the border to a small village near Pa-an, the Karen state
capital. The DKBA broke away from the KNU in 1994 after Rangoon promised
autonomy to Buddhist Karen.
Bangkok Post: Gen Chavalit denies rift with Surakiart
June 15, 2001
Tachilek checkpoint to reopen on June 19 to mark PM's trip
Defence Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh says he is "amused" by reports
that his planned Burma visit upset Foreign Minister Surakiart
Gen Chavalit has cancelled an official trip to Rangoon next week, citing
a tight schedule.
Sources said he came under ministry pressure, with Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra's official visit starting about the same time.
The ministry believed the general's visit would send Burma the wrong
signals-that the defence minister, not the foreign minister, has the
final say on foreign policy.
Gen Chavalit said there was no substance to reports of a rift with Mr
Surakiart. "We are working closely over attempts to resolve
misunderstandings and strengthen ties with Burma," he said.
Mr Surakiart yesterday phoned Gen Chavalit about the report.
"The foreign minister is a bit worried about the report and just wanted
to say that it had no substance," Gen Chavalit said. "There is no such
rift. I told him not to worry since we both have a good understanding of
the issue." Gen Vichit Yathip, chief of the defence minister's staff
officers, went to Burma last week to make final plans for Mr Thaksin's
Gen Chavalit said it was not necessary for him to accompany the premier
or make an advance trip since "everything has been settled and the
premier's visit should achieve its goal".
Gen Chavalit said he would leave for China on June 20 and would be in
too much of a hurry anyway.
Meanwhile, Burmese leader Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt has agreed to reopen the
Tachilek border checkpoint on Tuesday to mark the start of Mr
Thaksin'svisit to Burma, a government source said.
The crossing has been closed since February, following skirmishes along
the border in Chiang Rai.
The first secretary of Burma's State Peace and Development Council had
promised the prime minister's adviser for security affairs, Gen Chettha
Thanajaro, that the Tachilek crossing, opposite Mae Sai district, would
reopen on June 19, a source close to the general said.
Gen Chettha met Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt in Rangoon last week while he was
doing ground work for Mr Thaksin's visit on June 19-20
TheNation: No rift between ministries
June 15, 2001
A Defence Ministry spokesman yesterday dismissed reports that the
Foreign Ministry had tried to discredit Defence Minister Gen Chavalit
Yongchaiyudh by banning his planned trip to Burma ahead of the Prime
Dismissing the reports as groundless, Col Chongsak Panitchakul said
Chavalit was fully aware that the Defence Ministrys role was to help the
Foreign Ministry facilitate contact with the Burmese military leaders.
We helped the Foreign Ministry smooth several matters leading to the
finalisation of the trip, Chongsak said.
The spokesman said Chavalit made the decision from the very beginning he
will not go to Burma in order to stay as acting prime minister when the
prime minister was away. He is fully aware not to use personal rapport
to resolve problems with Burma. It is the duty of the Foreign Ministry,
He said the report might have been based on a misinterpretation of
Thaksins casual statement made during a cabinet meeting : Brother (Phi)
should not go to act on my behalf.
Chongsak said Foreign Minsiter Surakiart Sathirathai had spoken by phone
with Chavalit about the report and clarified that the Foreign Ministry
had not prevented Chavalit from visiting Burma.
A proponent of personal ties with Burmese leaders, Chavalit made it
known earlier that he supported Thaksin in his haste to visit Burma to
discuss controversy rushing to Burma to settle border spatessparked
primarily by Thailands claims that Burma turned a blind eye on drug
production by its Wa allies.
Chavalit reportedly sent several military missions to Burma to lobby
Rangoon to receive Thaksin. disregard of right protocol in which Burmese
Foreign Minister Win Aung who is due to visit Thailand later this month
to finalise the PMs trip.
A radio report yesterday quoted Thaksin as saying he wanted to get the
closed Tachilek checkpoint open as soon as possible. He also said he
wanted to visit Mong Yawn, the alleged drug production centre across
from Mae Hong Son, after bilateral relations improve.
Thaksin sent Surakiart and PM Offices Minister Thammarak Issarangura in
separate missions in May to patch up ties, only to find relations
deteriorated into more border tensionMeanwhile, deputy Education
Minister Jamlong Kruntkuntode said the ministry would take a cautious
look at reviewing the content of a Burmese textbook which describes
Thais as servile and lazy, hai people and the monarchy to avoid a
similar row that has damaged relations between China and Japan. Jamlong
admitted it was impossible for the Foreign Ministry to ask Burma to
rewrite the book. History is a matter for an individual country to
write. We can pass judgement on whether it is correct or not,he said.
The ministry will review the content of the text before making a
decision on what action it will take. Any action to be taken without
thorough consideration will further backfire on relations,he said.
He referred to Japans latest history textbook for secondary school
students which drew protest from Beijing. The book heaped praise on its
Japanese ancestors in wars with China but did not explain why it entered
Reuters: Bangladesh detains Myanmar communist rebels
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, June 14
Bangladeshi police said on Thursday they had detained two Myanmar
communist rebels in the southeastern Bandarban hill region.
Police said six Arakan Army members had been detained since April in
Bandarban and Teknaf, both areas close to west Myanmar's Muslim-majority
Communist, Buddhist and Muslim rebels from Myanmar often cross into
Bangladesh to escape arrest at home, or to regroup after being pursued
by Myanmar soldiers.
Bangladesh denies providing support to rebels from neighbouring
Bangladesh has been hosting some 21,000 Arakani Muslims, known as
Rohingyas, since 1992. They fled to Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district,
bordering Arakan, to escape alleged military persecution. Bangladeshi
officials believe the Rohingyas are mostly economic refugees.
BMA: U.S Puts more Pressure on Burma
S-926: the U.S Puts more Pressure on Burma
The US Lawmakers Introduce a New Legislation in the Capital in
Washington, DC to Ban Exports from Burma
By Nyi Nyi Lwin (USA)
Burma Media Association
On June 13, 2001 (Washington, D.C) After Mr. Razali?s latest trip to the
Burma in June, the louder voices of criticism from the Washington,
Europe, and the democratic forces of Burma abroad heard clearly.
In fact, the international community did not satisfy the latest report
of the United Nations (UN) regarding Mr. Razali?s role in the Burma?s
political process and on-going dialogue between the State Peace and
Development Council (SPDC) and the National League for Democracy (NLD)
led by 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
The name of SPDC was changed from the State Law and Order Restoration
Council (SLOCR) in 1997, very infamous regime in the world.
The NLD won 82% of the parliamentary seats in the 1990 national
election. But the regime refused to honor the election results.
When the most world leader were doubting to reach a fine-line between
the Burma?s regime and the NLD over the political deadlock for a decade,
the breakthrough of the UN?s report of the ?talks,? in which Mr. Razali
publicized the world that the regime and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi were
conducting a political dialogue to bridge the differences, gave a big
hope for the international community.
Shortly after the announcement came out from the UN, Japanese resumed
the ODA assistance to the regime even though the European Union (EU) and
the United States opposed it.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gravitates the firm
hands-off policy and relaxes over the Burma?s political situation after
Malaysian Prime Minister visited the country, and he later told the
press that Burma would have a new election within several years ahead.
But the most recent reports from the Washington based Human Rights Watch
and the London based Amnesty International over the Burmese regime?s
human rights violation and persistence of the use of force labors was
off the limelight. In other words, as long as the regime exists in
Burma, the violation of human rights and the use of the force labors are
The pleasant change and sounds that can be seen in Burma is only to
replace the regime with the elected representatives and a civilian
By the pressure or by the hands-off?
Make no mistake, the US quickly moves to put more pressure on the Burma.
?We are convinced that the sanction (referred to the 1996 President
Clinton imposed a new investment sanction on Burma) have been partially
responsible for promoting the regime to engage in dialogue Aung San Suu
Kyi and her supporters. While it is too soon to determine if these talks
will produce a plan for national reconciliation, we believe any change
in sanctions pressure could remove the incentive to the regime to
negotiate,? the letter dated on March 1, 2001 to the newly elected
President Bush, signed by 25 Democrat and 10 Republican Senators,
In 1996, the former US president Mr. Clinton imposed an economic
sanction on Burma but left out exports from Burma to the US.
The undersigned Senators in the letter are included Patrick J. Leahy,
Mich McConnell, Tom Harkin, Jesse Helm, Diannee Feinsteen, and Sam
Brownbak. They are very mush aware of the Burma?s current situations.
To follow up the pressure on the Burma?s regime, a bill, S. 926, has
been introduced in the Senate since May 29, 2001 to impose further
sanction against the SPDC. The bill is sponsored by Senate Foreign
Relation Chairman Jesse Helms, Charles Schumber, Ernest Hollings, and
This bill is to halt any product imports to Burma from the United States
and exports to the US from the Burma. As a result, the SPDC will loss
more than US$ 200 million in an annually exports to the US.
The bill indicates, ?(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.?the previous shall apply to any
article entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or the
15th day after the date of the enact of this Act.? In other words, no
stores or supermarkets in the United States can display or sell the
products from Burma.
This law only targets the regime?s profits from the exports to the US,
meanly from the textile productions.
Free Burma Coalition, Democratic Burmese Student Organization (DBSO-USA)
and other Burmese activists in the Washington have been working very
hard to lobby the Senate to pass this bill in this summer.
Constant phone calls to the senators and daily letters to
representatives can been seen in the senators? mailboxes. Also, the
assistants and staffs from the Senate offices are keeping busy to
response the calls and letters to the Burmese community as well as to
the members of the Free Burma Coalition.
The process of dialogue has been ducked since October 2000 even though
the regime claims it is moving. But, after these lobby days in the
Washington, after the Senate passes the bill, after President Bush signs
ii into the law, the regime of Burma will realize it gets to move on.
Bangkok Post: Burma trip is ill-advised
June 15, 2001
Prime Minister Thaksin should reconsider his plan to visit Burma next
week Many say he should wait until Burma has apologised officially for
recent articles defaming the Thai monarchy.
The Thai-Burmese relationship is no longer characterised by
long-standing border disputes and minority groups operating along the
border. Recent disputes have centred on the influx of methamphetamines
into Thailand. Accusations have been traded over who is responsible for
producing these drugs.
Relations between our countries deteriorated further when articles
considered defamatory to the Thai monarchy were published in the
official New Light of Myanmar A new Burmese textbook also describes the
Thai people as lazy.
The Foreign Ministry has sent protests to Rangoon in response to these
articles. The Burmese ambassador was called before Thai ministry
officials. But reactions from the Burmese government have so far been
Mr Thaksin may disagree with those who advise him against going to
Burma, but at least he should think about the feelings of those Thais
offended by the defamatory articles. An official apology should be made
by Rangoon before Mr Thaksin pays his visit.
It is best to use diplomacy to foster friendship and mutual
understanding between neighbours. But it is also necessary to protect
the Thai pride and dignity.
Editorial from Thai Post.
Asiaweek: Business, Burmese Style [letters]
June 15, 2001
It's easy to criticize Ross Dunkley and his weekly journals (DATELINE,
May 25). But there is no such thing as perfect. Some people have either
forgotten, have not realized or simply don't understand (or can't
accept) the real situation in Myanmar. As little as three years ago, the
only paper in English was the New Light of Myanmar. Nationals and expats
could not get access to other newspapers, magazines, books. Now there
are many journals published locally. Foreign newspapers and magazines
are available widely throughout the country. The Myanmar Times' world
news section brings information to readers that previously was not
available. In fact, the Times is reporting on many issues and happenings
both locally and internationally which previously went unreported to the
populace. Knowledge of what is happening inside and outside the country
is vital for the development of Myanmar. Do Dunkley's critics wish to
see this stopped?
Are we better off with or without the Times? I remember what it was like
without it. I understand the significance of the Times being present and
the role it plays in the development of the country. It's all part of
The Myanmar Times does not kowtow to the government. Being under
censorship and kowtowing are different things. The Times is a thin end
of the wedge to make the government more aware about the need to be
Ma Thanegi Myanmar
The Myanmar Times' principal owner is a college classmate and business
associate of junta chief Khin Nyunt. Could this operation survive in a
free and democratic Myanmar?
Senior Adviser to the Burmese Resistance
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
The New light of Myanmar (SPDC): A visit to Mongla: A town developing in
leaps and bounds
Thursday, 14 June, 2001
It was nearly noon, when we arrived at Mongla in Shan State (East)
Special Region 4. It has been long since I last visited the town.
Mongla was the final town in our TV documentary team's itinerary.
We were on a trip to shoot a documentary on the development of Kengtung,
Tachilek, Monghsat, Mongyun (Wa region) and Mongla regions. It was
somehow a tiring journey.
In reality, the Mongla region is not unfamiliar with me. I visited the
region for various reasons after 30 June 1989. During the time, together
with Commander of No 88 Light Infantry Division Brig-Gen Thein Han, I
had travelled to Kengtung, Mongla, Mongywang Township, Nanphan in 911
region on the other bank of Nanlway Creek, Mongyang region and Hotaung
and Silu region in the eastern sector of Thanlwin River by helicopter.
In 1990-91 when the border development undertakings were starting to
gain momentum in the regions where peace had been restored, I toured
the regions through jungle and mountain routes together with Tactical
Operations Commander Col Kyaw Win (now Commander of Northern Command
Maj-Gen Kyaw Win). Thus, I have known about the regions to a certain
Since 1996-97, I had not been to Mongla region. It has been four or five
years since I have been away from the region. During 1997-98, I
travelled alone in Mongphyat and Mongywang regions in Tachilek District
and along Pahlyo, Kyaikluk and Monghsat regions at Myanmar-Laos-Thai
I spent my time in a beneficial way while touring Lashio, Kutkai, Muse,
Tamoenye, Lonhtan and Shauklaw regions in northern Shan State. As I
often have the opportunity to accompany Commander of Northern Command
Maj-Gen Kyaw Win, I have been visiting all the hill, plain and border
regions in Kachin State since January 2000, passing my valuable time
writing news reports and articles on regional development. I have
presented a large number of articles on regional development
undertakings in the State-run dailies, and compiling my articles into
books and publishing them one after another. The book " The Kachin
Special Region 1; Panwa" is my 11th publication. It will come out soon.
The present journey through the eastern Thanlwin region was a marathon
tour. we left Yangon for Bagan-NyaungU Airport on 16 May 2001. From
there we flew to Mandalay International Airport, and then to Kengtung.
When the plane arrived near Kengtung, the weather turned bad. Our plane
was shaken by a flurry. Thus, the plane had to turn back to Heho.
Because of the bad weather, I was worried about my journey and lamented
for my failure to say regular morning prayers.
After landing at Heho Airport for a brief period, the plane left there
at 2 pm. We arrived at Kengtung Airport at about 3 pm safe and sound.
We flew to Tachilek from Kengtung on board Air Mandalay flight. From
Tachilek, we travelled to Mongyun at Myanmar-Thai border via Monghsat.
Then, we went to Mongla via Tachilek and Kengtung. It took us 8 days to
complete the journey. During the tour, we travelled by air as well as
by car. Thus, it was indeed a tiresome journey. I was deep in my
thoughts when Ko Tin Maung Latt, a correspondent from Myanmar News
Agency (Internal) said to me, " We are going to stay at Hlaingtunt
Hotel. How nice!" He then took me to the hotel.
As soon as we entered the hotel, we were warmly welcomed by the host
including Leader of the Special Region 4 U Sai Lin, Secretary U Nwe Oo,
U Myint Kyi and U San Pe.
U Kham Maung greeted me and said, " You've been away from eastern Shan
State for long. " What he said was true to a certain degree. In the
present trip to the eastern Shan State, we had witnessed the regional
development undertakings more than we had anticipated. The TV crew from
TV Myanmar and Myawaddy TV and Ko Tin Maung Latt had already documented
all the regional development tasks including agriculture, livestock
breeding and new or upgraded roads and bridges. As we had already
gathered enough documents, I was happy as I would be able to write
articles on regional development. The Hlaingtunt Hotel was grand and
neat and tidy. All the bath rooms and toilets were of western style.
Cold water or warm water, phone services to all destinations and all TV
channels including world-wide TV programmes were available. It was
really nice as Ko Tin Maung Latt said. The four-star hotel was built in
October 1994 and completed on 30 April 2001. It is located on a 40-acre
The floor area is 20,000 square metres. It houses 87 standard rooms and
two suites, restaurants, game centres, ball rooms, bathhouses, a tennis
court and a swimming pool. The hotel built at a cost of yuan 90 million
was launched on 15 May 2001. According to U Kyi Myint, the Oriental
Hotel was under construction at that time. It would become a seven
storey facility. Construction had completed up to the third floor. It
will have 57 standard rooms and 13 suites.
Mongla now has two world-class hotels, Mongla Hotel and Hlaingtunt
Hotel, and if the Oriental Hotel is added to the list, it will have
three such facilities. The charge for a standard room per day was yuan
380 at Hlaingtunt Hotel. From 1,000 to 2,000 tourists from
Xishuangbanna prefecture in the neighbouring People's Republic of China
are visiting Mongla daily. They are coming to the town in large buses
or in vans. According to U Nwe Oo and U Kyi Myint over 2.7 million
visitors visited Mongla from 1996 to 2001. I witnessed that the
committee chaired by U Sai Lin was developing the town to make it
become more pleasant and beautiful year after year to win the hearts of
I noticed that town roads were being maintained and upgraded every
year. A new reinforced concrete bridge was added to the existing two
bridges on Namma Creek, which is flowing through the town, at a cost of
yuan 1.29 million. I was proud of and satisfied to see the extended
town beautifying projects and recreation centres to attract more
visitors. Most of the town roads were paved with nylon tar. All in all,
the Mongla Special Region 4 is developing in leaps and bounds since
peace was restored in the region 12 years ago.
Author : Taungdwin Bo Thein
PD Burma: Calendar of events
June 15, 2001
 June 19th : Aung San Suu Kyi birthday party and Burmese
 July : Belgium takes over EU Presidency
 July : 8th RFA Ministerial Meeting, Hanoi
 July : 34th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and
 July : ASEAN Summit
 Aug. 31st- Sep.7th : World Conference against Racism and
Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance, South
 December 1st : Worlds Aids Day
 December 10th : 10th Year Anniversary of the Nobel Peace
Prize for Aung San Suu Kyi.
 February 2002 : The fourth Bangladesh, India, Burma, Sri
Lanka and Thailand-Economic Cooperation (BIMST- EC) meeting,
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