CHRONOLOGY 1998
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CHRONOLOGY 1998


By The Irrawaddy Thursday, January 1, 1998


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30 last year “continue an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Generals accuse opposition of terrorism

Burma’s army chief of staff said traitors within the country are turning into “terrorists” with foreign backing, official media reported.

Tin Oo made the comments a week after Washington imposed economic sanctions on Burma, banning all new US investment in the country in protest against reports of continued human rights violations and repression of the democracy movement.

Crackdown on the opposition

Just one day after Clinton’s order, the junta renewed its large-scale crackdown on the NLD ahead of a planned party congress on May 27 — the seventh anniversary of the nullified general elections in which the NLD won an overwhelming majority of seats.

About 50 NLD MPs, members, and organisers were arrested en route to Rangoon to participate in the celebration.

Traders Hotel struck from airline deal

Northwest Airlines ended a controversial promotion which offered bonus kilometres to frequent flyers who stayed at the Traders Hotel in Rangoon.

The Traders is part-owned by Lo Hsing Han, once known as the “King of the Golden Triangle,” and now identified by the US State Department as a “narco-trafficker.”Mr. Lo’s son and business partner in the Traders Hotel, Steven Law, is barred from the US due to his suspected involvement in the drug trade.

“Since 1988, some 15 percent of foreign investment in Burma and over half of that from Singapore has been tied to the family of narco-trafficker, Lo Hsing Han,” US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Affairs Robert Gelbard said.

Rangoon returns narcotics suspect who jumped bail

The junta delivered major heroin trafficking suspect Li Yun-Chung to Thai authorities, after earlier denials that he had fled to Burma upon jumping bail in Thailand last February.

Li, wanted by the US on charges of smuggling 486 kilogrammes of heroin — the largest heroin seizure in US history — into Oakland, California, was handed over to Thai authorities during Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh’s official visit to Burma.

When asked by journalists to explain Slorc’s decision, Chavalit only said: “He had Thai nationality.



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