KIA based in Kachin State
is committing deterrence
to development projects of Kachin State
17th June 2011. KIA based in Kachin
State is committing deterrence to development projects of Kachin State,
disturbing to the tasks, posing threats and disturbance to Chinese staff
who are working at hydropower projects. On 16 April, they made threats
to stop quarry works on the east bank of the Malikha River and take their
permission to continue the works.
On 5 May, KIA entered Lahsa Hydropower Project on the east bank of the
Malikha River and threatened Chinese staff to move to the west bank of
the river within two days and to withdraw the extended camps from the
east bank as quickly as possible.
In the afternoon of 8 June, KIA group called and examined a member of
Tatmadaw security unit which was discharging security duty at Tarpein
Hydropower Project in Kachin State and seized a rucksack with rounds of
ammunition. In that regard, two Tatmadaw officers went to KIA camp to
settle the issue. But they were detained by KIA without any reason.
While a military column led by the Base Tactical Operation Commander was
marching to Tarpein Hydropower Project from Bhamo, KIA troops taking positions
at Hsankha Camp of KIA Liaison Office and at Htonbo on the hill at the
entrance to Tarpein Hydropower Project opened fires at the column. After
responding to the gun fires the Tatmadaw column on 9 June took back the
two Tatmadaw officers detained by KIA.
Although the Tatmadaw column informed KIA to withdrawal from its temporary
camp near Tarpein Hydropower Project not later than 11 June, KIA did not
follow. The Tatmadaw column inevitably attacked and occupied the temporary
camp on 12 June evening.
On 8 June, members of KIA unreasonably captured a police private and a
civilian from the guardhouse of Microwave Station near Keikhteik Village,
Mansi Township, Bhamo District.
Though responsible police force negotiated for their release, KIA did
not release them. But, they freed the detainees only when the Tatmadaw
column demanded the release on 12 June.
Tarpein Hydel power Project is the joint venture project of the Ministry
of Electric Power No. 1 and Datang (Yunnan) United Hydropower Developing
(DUHD) Company of China. The project is an important one and the two sides
have invested heavily in the project.
As KIA members disturbed and threatened Chinese experts and employees
assigned to the project, authorities warned them not to cause hindrances
to the project.
But the KIA did, not pay heed to the warning; instead it launched heavy
weapon fire at the project from its Dunbon Outpost, made the route linking
Tarpain Hydel Power Project unsafe and blew up pylons carrying cables
connecting the project and Bhamo District.
Due to their threats, altogether 215 Chinese employees assigned to the
project went back to China from 9 to 14 June. Fifty Chinese employees
left the project on 9 June, 84 on 12 June, 53 on 13 June and 28 on 14
June respectively. The project which is equipped with four 60-MHz generators
ceased to operate as from 14 June, causing a great loss to the State and
Tatmadaw columns had to inevitably attack the KIA just to rescue its officers
detained by the KIA without any reason and to protect high-cost Tarpein
Hydropower Project, which can largely benefit the region as well as the
nation. In response to the attack of the Tatmadaw, KIA blew up nine bailey
bridges, 10 RC type bridges, four concrete bridges, two wooden bridges,
altogether 25 bridges, which are of importance in transportation of Kachin
State, from 14 to 16 June. Such destructive acts of KIA severely harm
interests of the region and the nation, destabilizing tranquility of local
people and seriously damaging transport facilities.
Concerning national reconsolidation, there are still personalities and
organizations at home and abroad and underground organizations that are
unwilling to acknowledge the seven-step Road Map and the constitution.
Nevertheless, they should bear in mind that they are also Myanmar and
should hold the concept that Myanmar is their motherland and the incumbent
government is their own government constituted with own national races
at different levels.
Chapter (12) of the constitution stated that constitution can be amended
in accordance with the procedures. However, no one, on the pretext of
this, should degrade the image of their country in international community
as well as causing harm to people of own race.
The government has publicly announced that it would open the door of peace
to welcome those who are holding different views if they wish to cooperate
with the government in mutually concerned cases for the interests of the
nation and the people and run for election in compliance with democratic
practices to justly gain power. KIA nowadays needs to realize the actual
attitude of the State.
The only objective of the Tatmadaw in launching attacks on KIA is just
to protect its members and an important hydropower project of the nation
without even a single intention of aggression or oppression.
(Source: the New Light of Myanmar