14 May 2012
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) call for Burmese military to stop offensive against Kachin troops who are fighting for equal rights for Kachin people.
Especially, we would like to press here that Burmese President U Thein Sein had called for halting offensive in Kachin state but we are very sad to learn that there are increase fighting between Burmese military and Kachin army even after his presidential order.
We are very much concerned that as the results civilians; especially children, women and elderly are paying the price dearly. These disadvantaged people fleeing from the fighting between two armies are facing very difficult hardships. We would like to call for international community to take every action possible helping these IDPs who desperately need food, shelter and medicine.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is very sad to learn that there is no sign of reaching peace agreement yet between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese Army but, for the sake of the people and for the sake of the peace in Burma, we would like to call for all parties concerned to work finding peaceful solution by settling differences through dialogue.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) understands that KIO has requested the Burmese army to honour previous ceasefire agreement by repositioning troops i.e. to withdraw Burmese troops from areas close to Kachin administrative capital Laiza and Headquarter Pa Jau.
According to the Kachinland News http://kachinlandnews.com “Burmese Army prepares to launch a major offensive against Kachin’s administrative capital Laiza. Burmese soldiers from various Battalions took a stronghold in preparation of a major assault on Kachin headquarters including transporting heavy artilleries to front lines. Burmese Army transported food rations and military equipment to its post at Pajau hill by using helicopters as well as Burmese Army’s Bureau of Air Defence got 3 fighter jets ready at Nampong Air Force Base in Myitkyina for upcoming assault on KIA”.
These actions are contrary to the agreements of “Ruili’s meetings” which agreed to reduce the scale of hostilities leading towards attaining mutual understanding. But, the actions taken by Burmese army not only increase the hostility but also proofing that how Burmese generals are ignorant of suffering of the people of Kachin.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) wholeheartedly supports KIO’s legitimate demands and we would like to call for Burmese government to honour the KIO’s request in order to build confidence between two parties.
It is really contrary that President U Thein Sein is speaking reform and Burmese generals are waging war against KIA to eliminate their very existence.
Burmese Government must stop attacking Kachin people and if they are willing to do it -- then there will always be the ways to get there. We must take action in Kachin state now before too late.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) truly believes that dialogue is the only viable solution to achieve the peace in Kachinland, Burma.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) would like to take this opportunity to express our position that we believe in dialogue and we believe in harmony in diversity. Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) believes in respecting peaceful co-existing between people with different ideas, beliefs, language, religion and customs.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for Burmese government, parliamentarians and all the people to work the utmost possible to achieve peace reality in Kachin land and in the whole Burma.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for the Burmese government and Burma Army to:
· stop reinforcing its troops and military hardware to conflict areas
· stop their offensive assault against KIA
· withdraw its troops from areas close to Kachin administrative capital Laiza and Headquarter Pa Jau
· withdraw its troops to the line agreed on in a 1994 ceasefire agreement to show that its peace initiatives are sincere and genuine
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) earnestly calls for Burmese government and Burma Army to honour above legitimate demands of the KIA/KNO.
We truly believe that Burmese government and Burma Army got more responsibility to show that they are committed to peace in Kachinland.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) truly believes that by honouring above demands, Burmese government can proof by action that they are truly committed to reform and to restore peace in Burma.
Honouring above demands are the must to build trust between two fighting armies leading towards ceasefire and eventually achieving peace reality in Burma.