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Burma: Seizing new strategic sites means damaging peace deal!

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"How can we believe that this process will lead to peace?"

The Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT) launched a similar report, "Pushed to the Brink -- Conflict and human trafficking on the Kachin-China border", on 5 June 2013 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok.

According to the report, Burma Army offensives against the Kachin Independence Army since June 2011 and widespread human rights abuses have driven over 100,000 villagers from their homes, mainly in eastern Kachin State. The majority of these refugees have fled to crowded IDP camps along the China border, which receive virtually no international aid. KWAT is urging the government to immediately cease military offensives against Kachin people and other ethnic nationalities and withdraw troops from the conflict areas.

The government has released a number of statements indicating its willingness to reach a nationwide ceasefire agreement with ethnic armed groups. Unfortunately, those offers have been considered contradictory.

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As the time is running out, people can't tolerate with the government's vague policy of peacemaking which demands the counterparts to follow its uneven procedures without letting reasonable cooperation. Hence, government should take lessons from the past to reach the real peace deal by taking care of the ethnic rebel sides in an equal status.

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Zin Linn was born on February 9, 1946 in a small town in Mandalay Division. He began writing poems in 1960 and received a B.A (Philosophy) in 1976. He became an activist in the High School Union after the students' massacre on 7th July 1962. (more...)

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