South-East command border guard forces formed in Myanmar

11:53, August 22, 2010      

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An ethnic border guard forces in Myanmar's south-east command has been formed by the government under its command, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday without naming the peace group which was so done.

A ceremony was held in Paingkyon, Kayin state on Friday to mark the transformation to the frontier forces, attended by Chairman of Mon State Peace and Development Council and South-East Commander Major-General Htet Naing Win.

The event came two days after the ethnic peace group, the Democratic Kayin Buddhist Army (DKBA), was transformed into similar border guard force on Wednesday and that ceremony took place in Myaingkyigoo township of the same Kayin state.

The south-east command border guard forces in Kayin state is believed to be the sixth forces of its kind so far changed from ethnic peace groups by the government after New Democratic Army- Kachin (NDA-K) in Kachin State Special Region-1, Kayinni Nationalities People's Liberation Front (KNPLF) in Kayah State Special Region-2, the Kokang Army in Shan State (North) Special Region-1 in the northeast, Shan state-East border guard force and the DKBA in Kayin state since late last year.

Transformation of ethnic peace groups into frontier forces is being carried out by the government in accordance with the 2008 new state constitution which prescribes that all the armed forces in the union are to be under the command of the Defense Services in the light of the upcoming general election.

Since the present government came to power in late 1988, 17 anti-government major ethnic armed groups and over 20 small groups were claimed to have returned to the legal fold by signing respective cease fire agreements with the government.

Some of the armed groups were resettled with special regions with arms retained, conditionally enjoying self-administration.

Under the government's fifth step of its seven-step roadmap announced in 2003, a multi-party democracy general election is to be held on Nov. 7 to produce parliament representatives and form a new "civilian" government to which the state power is said to be transferred.

Source: Xinhua


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