Questions Arise as Reports of Additional Military Training Surface


Questions Arise as Reports of Additional Military Training Surface

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Since last month, approximately 600 new troops have been recruited to join military training organized by the New Mon State Party (NMSP) in different locales.

According to Mon sources, the new recruitment training will last two-and-a-half month and will focus on fighting strategies and especially guerrilla tactics, which are being more widely used by ethnic armed forces throughout the country.

New recruiters have been trained at the training field by the NMSP at their control area near to Three Pagodas Pass. (Photo: IMNA)

The NMSP, which is the main ethnic Mon armed group in Burma, has run the military trainings at five different places as a part of a larger plan to strengthen its members in select areas: Three Pagodas Pass, Moulmein District, Tavoy, Thatoon Districts, and at the headquarters of the party in Bee Ree River.

The training in Three Pagodas Pass has over 50 new recruits who will graduate on October 23, according to a new recruiter who has joined the training.

“We have fewer numbers than the other areas, like in Moulmein where they have about 300 new recruits,” said the new recruiter who did not want to give his name.

Leaders of the NMSP refused to provide information out of security concerns and a desire to not have the Burmese government know about the training.

New recruiters have been trained at the training field by the NMSP at their control area near to Three Pagodas Pass. (Photo: IMNA)

The NMSP re-entered the ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government on February 1, on which day they agreed with the government to hold additional political talks in Naypyidaw this December.

The Burmese government does not usually allow any of ethnic armed groups to recruit new members while under a ceasefire agreement. However, many of these armed groups have recruited new member in order to strengthen their troops despite any agreements with the government.

It is quite unusual for the NMSP conduct so many trainings at this time and at different locations. The NMSP usually only holds military training twice a year, according to sources, but they are currently preparing a stronger military force to protect the rights of the ethnic Mon people and fight for their autonomy.

Some leaders have said that they are preparing for potential fighting in case they do not have their demands met during the political dialogue to be held in December.

Moreover, NMSP have said that the current ceasefire policy from the Burmese government isn’t any different than their last one, which in 1995. Leaders have also claimed that the Burmese government is buying more time with in order to hold political dialogue.

There was no political dialogue during the seven years the initial 1995 ceasefire agreement was honored, and during this time the government was alleged to be planning how to divide the ethnic Mon party in order to make the party weaker with fewer members.

The 1995 ceasefire was broken in 2011 after the ethnic Mon party refused to serve border guard forces, but under the new Burmese government the party negotiated a new ceasefire.

NMSP leaders have said that the current political change in Burma is only for show on the international stage because the wanted the US to lift their economic sanctions against the country.

According to these leaders, the rights of ethnic people have continued to be neglected under the new government despite displays to the world that Burma is undergoing democratic reform.

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COMMENTS: You are doing the right thing now by strengthen the Army. NMSP, you are always powerless without strong Army. 1 build strong Army. 2 Plan to attack large scale war. so they are weak everywhere. you don't get what you demand unless you fight. 3 Don't let them cheat and trick you again. 4 We Mon people be with you and die with you, as we all die anyway one day. we will die for our next generations.

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