Summary of News

1. The Myanmar issue is expected to be up for discussion at the summit of ASEAN-EU leaders

The ASEAN-EU Leaders’ Commemorative Summit will begin in Brussels, Belgium, on December 14. It has been learned that the summit will continue to discuss the issue of Myanmar.

Mr. Igor Driesmans, the EU ambassador to ASEAN, revealed that the EU will support the efforts of Indonesia, which will take over as ASEAN’s new rotating chairman, to resolve the Myanmar issue. Mr. Igor Driesmans said this in an interview with CAN. Furthermore, the ambassador stated the following about his expectations for the new chairmanship on the Myanmar issue: 

“I think we count on Indonesia to really push for a solution on this crisis, which is threatening not just the country, but the regional stability, so that we can have a return to democracy.”

Mr. Driesmans also pointed out that the Five-Point Consensus has not yet been implemented by the military junta so far. Mr. Driesmans added that the EU will provide full support to Indonesia.

In the two years since the military coup in Myanmar, the military leaders have not been officially invited to ASEAN summits. While the terrorist coup regime is blatantly denying that ASEAN did not act in accordance with the basic principles and provisions of the ASEAN Charter, the EU ambassador stated that the military junta is not willing to implement ASEAN Five-Point Consensus.

2. Justice for Myanmar welcomes Canadian new sanctions on Myanmar military jet fuel suppliers and military arms brokers

On December 12, Justice For Myanmar (JFM), a group working for justice, issued a statement expressing its welcome for Canada’s sanctions on Myanmar military jet fuel suppliers and military arms brokers.

According to the statement, Canada is the first jurisdiction to impose sanctions on Myanmar military jet fuel suppliers after doing so on Asia Sun Group, a Myanmar conglomerate. 

Asia Sun Group is the local partner of the Myanmar military, and carries out the procurement, storage and distribution of jet fuel. The role of Asia Sun Group in the Myanmar military’s jet fuel supply chain was reported in the Justice For Myanmar’s Deadly Cargo report on Amnesty International.

Ma Yadanar Maung, a spokesperson for Justice For Myanmar said the following about this news:

“This is a win for the Spring Revolution, in which the people of Myanmar have categorically rejected and resisted the terrorist military junta, effectively preventing them from taking control of Myanmar, and for civil society that has campaigned for sanctions on jet fuel.” “However, far more needs to be done to cut the military’s supply of jet fuel and arms.” “We call on the US, UK, EU, Australia, Japan and South Korea to urgently follow Canada and coordinate sanctions against Asia Sun Group and all individuals involved.”

Canada has also sanctioned Dynasty International Company Limited and International Gateways Group, the main arms brokers for the Myanmar military.

Dynasty International Company Limited operated as a broker in the purchase of arms and related equipment from Belarus, Russia and Germany for the Myanmar military. International Gateways Group is the main arms broker that buys from China for the Myanmar military. Dynasty International and International Gateways Group have been sanctioned by the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the JFM.

3. Villages in Myaung Township are being torched by the junta troops

On December 11, civilians were displaced as the terrorist military fired heavy weapons at Pwa Saw Village in Myaung Township, Sagaing Division, and set it on fire arbitrarily, local residents said.

A local claimed that although some people were killed and some were injured due to the firing of heavy weapons, the details of the situation are not yet known as follows:

“They raided Pwa Saw Village and set it on fire. They fired heavy weapons at the village and they also fired heavy weapons at the surrounding villages. As a result, people were hurt and killed. Everyone was evacuating; therefore, it is currently unknown exactly who was struck and who died.”

Following the coup, the people launched an armed revolution against the military dictatorship, while the junta continued to conduct arson in regions with significant revolutionary presence. 

According to sources, military junta troops also reportedly set fire to the villages of Pi Takat Kya and Moke Si in Ye-U Township, as well as Me Oe, Let Yet Kone, Nyaung Gyi Kone, and Chaung Pauk in Tabayin Township, on December 11.

4. Over 200 houses in five villages in Kawlin Township, Sagaing Division, were burned down by the military junta

Over 200 houses in five villages in Kawlin Township of Sagaing Division were reportedly burned down in three days of arson by the military junta. Starting from December 9 to 11, the villages of Zee Phyu Kone, Shaw Pyu Kone, Nyaung Kone, Pay Pin Chaung, and Koke Ko Kone in Kawlin Township were set on fire for three consecutive days by the military junta.

“As far as we know, there are 45 houses in Zee Phyu Kone Village and 24 houses in Shaw Phyu Kone Village [that were burned down], and the extent of the damage to the other villages is still unknown. Roughly, the five villages add up to more than 200 houses that were burned down,” said a local.

At present, there are 23 villages in Kawlin Township that have been displaced by the arson, and more than 23,000 local residents are in need of shelter, warm clothes, warm blankets and medicines.

The junta military’s LIB-361, 353, and 369 are reportedly carrying out the arson attacks in Kawlin Township, and they are also said to be engaged in combat with the Kawlin Township people’s defense force. 

5. TNLA and military council forces engaged in fierce combat in Namhsan

Since December 7, fierce fighting has resumed between the terrorist coup military and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and the coup military is conducting its most relied-upon airstrikes.

Since the beginning of December, the military council has been targeting civilians because they are suffering losses.

They bombarded the village with airplanes up until last night, which caused the monastery’s dining hall and homes to burn down, said a local resident of Kone Thar Village.

The military council air force carried out five aerial bombardments on the night of December 11 in the vicinity of Kone Thar Village, Namhsan Township, and Northern Shan State, according to a statement released by the TNLA on December 12.

The battle resumed between the TNLA and the junta military, and on the 6th day of battle, the junta’s air force is using 500-pound aerial bombs to attack.

According to the KNLA, the junta’s Tada-U Air Base launched 500-pound aerial bombs five times at 8:00 p.m. on December 11: twice near the location of the battle and once farther away from Yae Pong Village, and no one was hurt.

According to TNLA sources, the military junta’s air force has carried out about 30 aerial bombardments in the last few days of fighting. It is also claimed that as a result of the military junta’s offensive, approximately 1,500 local residents of nearby villages such as Kone Thar, Hu Man, Man Lone, and Tar Lat were forced to flee.

6. The Kalay Township People’s Police arrest members of the military council at the KTV

On December 10, the Kalay Police Service (KPS), the Kalay Township People’s Police Force of the National Unity Government, stated that it had detained three military council members at the Kalay Township KTV, including the manager of the military council’s subsidiary, the Myanmar Economic Bank (MEB). According to the KPS, the bank manager U Tun Tun Naing, the junior clerk Nyein Khant Zaw, and the corporal Zaw Min Oo were detained after it was discovered that they were at the BMB KTV and massaging in Taungzalak Ward, Kalay Town.

A spokesperson of the KPS said, “We don’t know exactly which branch of service the corporal is from, but we do know that he is a corporal in the Kalay Regiment. It’s taking place at BMB KTV. We heard that the military council members were at the KTV, so we went there to attack them. The deceased soldier was thought to be in his 40s. The two others will be charged under Section 52 of the Counter-Terrorism Law.”

The KPS claims that the corporal was shot and died because he resisted being arrested and attempted to flee. Arrangements were made to send the two arrested members of the military council to the Kalay Township Magistrate under Section 52(a) of the Counter-Terrorism Law, according to instructions from the People’s Police Chief’s Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration of the National Unity Government, and the KPS has held them in compliance with international human rights standards.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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