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No one obeys gov’t order to hand over weapons in Mon State

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Although Burmese authorities in some townships in Mon State have ordered members of cease-fire groups to turn in their weapons to police stations or Military Affairs Security (MAS) offices no later than Friday, no one has complied with the order, according to a source close to a MAS office.
Under orders from the Southeast Command, authorities in Thanbyuzayat Township on Tuesday announced the order via loudspeakers and posted notices in public locations. Authorities in Mudon and Kyaikmayaw Township also posted notices about the order.
“In Thanbyuzayat, no one handed over weapons.  The same in Mudon and Kyaikmayaw according to our inquires,” the source in Thanbyuzayat told Mizzima.
When Mizzima contacted the MAS office in Thanbyuzayat, an official said it was true that the order was issued. But, he refused to provide any more details.
This week the area has experienced bombings and hijackings. On Wednesday, at about 12:30 p.m. a bomb exploded in the compound of the Township Administrative office in Thanbyuzayat. There were no casualties.
At about 9 a.m., gunmen set two passenger buses on fire on the Ye-Thanbyuzayat Road near Thayaaye Village, located about 15 miles south of Ye. They took six drivers and conductors hostage.
New Mon State Party foreign affairs official Naing Han Tha Paing Khine denied that his group had anything to do with the violence. He said some unidentified group unhappy about the order to hand over their weapons might have committed the acts.

The Mon Peace and Defense Front (MPDF), the Karen Peace Force, some members of the New Mon State Party and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army all have activities in villages in the townships where the authorities have ordered weapons to be turned in.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 July 2011 10:04 )  

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