Minister Without Borders visit Mongla

U Aung Min, President’s Office Minister and Vice Chairman # 2 of the Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) arrived in two helicopters in Mongla at noon today.

His 39 person delegation was greeted by Sai Leun, leader of Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA).

12:00-13:00        U Aung Min says it is his first visit since appointment. He hopes the two sides will be able to implement the agreements made earlier.

U Aung Min at the meeting with SSA South on 19 May in Kengtung (Photo: SHAN)

U Thein Zaw, Vice Chairman # 3, UPWC, says the government is trying hard to fulfill all the requests made by Mongla. As of now, Mongla has been granted 1,000 tons of timber (out of 10,000 tons it had requested). It is also permitted to construct hydropower plants and operate mineral mines. On the military side, the government hopes Mongla will act in accordance with the 2008 constitution.

On the political side, it invites Mongla to send its representatives to observe the proceedings of the parliament when its 5th session begins next year.

Mongla was presented with 60 million kyats ($ 70,588): 40 million kyats for 2 month salaries and 20 million kyats for 2 month rice.

13:30-14:30        lunch
14-30-15:00        sightseeing in Mongla
15:00-                Flies to Hsaleu (369th Brigade HQ)

The delegation then returns to Kengtung. It is scheduled to visit Panghsang tomorrow, according to border sources.

U Aung Min and U Thein Zaw were accompanied by U Soe Thein, President’s Office Minister; Lt-Gen Thein Htay, Border Affairs Minister; Sao Aung Myat, Shan State Chief Minister; Col Aung Thu, Shan State Security and Border Affairs Minister; Maj-Gen Than Tun Oo, Commander, Triangle Region Command; and Maj Gen Aung Soe, Commander, Northeastern Region Command, among others.


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