‘They Are Fighting Us Like a Foreign Invasion'
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‘They Are Fighting Us Like a Foreign Invasion'


By THE IRRAWADDY Friday, December 2, 2011


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But no result for us.

In the past 17 years of experience, in that period, we just got the ceasefire, and on the government’s explanation, the ceasefire meant peace for them—the solution for them. That’s why we are asking them, we said, the conflict in Burma is the problem of the political approach. That’s why to solve the problem, we need to discuss politics. So far now, even though we are fighting each other, we always try to communicate with them. By means of correspondence, by means of telephone, and a couple of days ago, we sent some of our delegates to meet with Gen. Aung Min [The Burmese railways minister, an ex-general] in Thailand. We are just trying to let them know that we are struggling for, we are demanding, for ethnic equal rights and democracy and real federalism. We are not trying to be separated from this union.

Q: The KIO lost forests during the ceasefire, and minerals. Are you trying to protect resources for the future?

A: We have been trying to protect all these resources for a long time but since we are the revolutionary group we cannot work on it very effectively, successfully. We lost a lot of our natural resources, like the wood, forests and jade mines, they are almost gone now. When we speak about the Myitsone Dam, we objected to this project because we need to preserve, protect the environment, the land. But on the other hand, the government says we are disturbing the national interest. That’s why we lost a lot of nonrenewable resources from our land. That will never come back again.



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Thein Win Wrote:
12/12/2011
The Citizens are the Enemy of Burmese Military.

Thawng Wrote:
08/12/2011
Its hard to believe the Junta will bring the genuine democracy in Burma since they have been trying to get rid of their own people in their own land. How ridiculous they are! Its been a decade, we, ethnic minority group have been chasing the mirage as water leading us disaster, poverty and discrimination. Enough is enough!

DuwaInBlood Wrote:
06/12/2011
We don't want peace anymore. 17 years of cease fire doesn't bring Kachins nowhere except drug addicts, empty forests and deserted, toxins-filled rivers in Kachin land. It wasn't a solution for us. We are being starving and poor while we are living on our own resourceful soil!! So we are going for total freedom with the rights to decide our futures. We simply are doing it in GOD we trust, and for our next generations.

Ne Myo Win Wrote:
04/12/2011
Woe to the bloody cruel Junta!

chindits Wrote:
03/12/2011
yes... he is absolutely right. disarmament means peace for them. but Disarmament without achieving any items and rights outlined in Panlong agreement will result in ethnic lost. It just means surrender to Military Government and agree to live whatever they outlined in their fake constitution.

Uraw Gam Wrote:
03/12/2011
KIO/KIA is the Government of Kachin State and the Kachin Sub State of Northern Shan State which was formally demarcated by the First Government of Myanmar. Try to disrespect those historical agreements and ignoring of the 18 points the Kachins proposed in the National Assembly are the main causes of the arm resistance. Ceasefire is vested totally with the Government as Kachins are not the one shooting, they are just defending their native land. Stop the Military Operation in Kachin Area.

Ohn Wrote:
03/12/2011
It is wonderful to see that even Irrawaddy kindly takes time out to put on one and the only important issue in Burma rather than
idiotic bs about how wonderful Thein Sein is, how reforming are the "moderates" who only exist in their warped imagination and, because millions of people put false hope on and is famous, how everything Aung San Suu Kyi says is so right.The proof being the Americans listen to her. Great!

But until people in Burma as a whole understand that if one is in trouble, all are in trouble, no one will be free.

People in Rangoon seem dead set on getting in with the wheelers and dealers and sell the country to buy big roads and buildings and electricity and broadband iPads like in Singapore/ Bangkok which in their pathetic mind is worth their mothers. Greed will destroy all.

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