Spring Revolution Local News – Jun 08 (Evening)

Summary of News

1.  Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye meets and discusses with Ms. Mathilde Teruya, Head of Southeast Asia Division, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

According to the press statement of the National Unity Government’s Representative in France, Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management, who is on a work trip in Paris, France, met with Ms. Mathilde Teruya, Head of Southeast Asia Division, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on June 7. Along with the Union Minister, Nan Su Mon Aung, NUG Representative to France, also attended the meeting.

According to the statement, the meeting was primarily focused on the subject of humanitarian aid offered by the French government reaching areas that are truly in need.

2. The CEO of Project C.U.R.E. promises his organisation will help deliver donated medicine and medical supplies to Myanmar as much as possible

According to the press statement of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Health, on June 5, Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister for Health and Education of the National Unity Government, who is on a work trip in the United States, visited the International Headquarters of Project C.U.R.E. in Denver, Colorado, and met and discussed with Dr. Doug Jackson, President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E, along with Vice Presidents Kristofer Anderson and Deborah Johns.

At the meeting, the two sides had a cordial discussion on cooperating on the process of delivering medicine and medical supplies to Myanmar, according to the statement. After the meeting, the Project C.U.R.E. representatives gave the Union Minister a tour of the Project C.U.R.E.’s workshop building and went into great depth about its workings.

Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical equipment and supplies to resource-limited communities in more than 135 countries.

The President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. told the Union Minister that he understood and sympathised with the suffering of many ethnic groups in Myanmar at this time and that Project C.U.R.E. will help the people of Myanmar as much as possible, and the Union Minister expressed his special gratitude in response, according to the statement by the NUG-MOH.

3. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun says that the illegal military junta is trying to hinder the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, addressed the following at the extended plenary session of the High-Level Meeting on the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 held on June 6:

“In response to the pressing humanitarian needs in the affected areas, the National Unity Government (NUG) activated the Emergency Operation Coordination Committee (EOCC) and approved the Contingency Fund (USD 1 Million) for the emergency relief operations. The EOCC has responded any requests received for the rescue and essential needs of the affected community through different stakeholders including local humanitarian actors and community-based organizations. Despite efforts from all corners, the illegal military junta, with its “four cuts” strategy, will attempt to hinder delivery of humanitarian assistance to all people in need especially those in conflict affected areas.”

The Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun also call on the international community, including the United Nations, ASEAN and international actors to “contribute to an urgent injection of funds for the response plan and the Flash Appeal, to deliver the urgent provision of food, medicine, emergency shelter and NFIs, and to strategize delivery channels to ensure the aid effectively reaches to all those in need especially in conflict affected area.”

4. The KNLA and PDF allied forces simultaneously attacked five junta outposts in Nyaunglebin District, Bago Region

According to the June 8 press release of the Karen National Union (KNU)’s Department of Organisation and Information, the 3rd Brigade of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the arm wing of the KNU, and allied forces under its command simultaneously attacked five junta outposts as well as a bridge and two box culverts that serve as main supply routes for the junta’s military operations.

The press statement stated that, on June 6 between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., the KNLA and its allied forces simultaneously raided the terrorist military outposts in Moo (Mone) Township and Ler Doh (Kyaukkyi) Township in the territory of the KLNA 3rd Brigade of the Kler Lwee (Nyaunglaybin) District in the Kaw Too Lei administrative region of the KNU and destroyed a bridge and two culverts, which are the critical supply routes for the terrorist military council to transport troops and supplies like food and ammunition.

The five raided military outposts include the military outpost near Yae Twin Kone, the Natthankwin Police Station, the Natthankwin Bridge’s east guard outpost co-stationed by junta soldiers and police, the Natthankwin Bridge’s west security checkpoint co-stationed by junta soldiers and militia, and the military outpost in Bon Thataw village. A bridge and two culverts destroyed are the Natthankwin Bridge (across the Sittaung River), a culvert on the Penwegon-Kyaukkyi Road between Ohn Hne Pin village and Na Ywe Pin village, and another culvert on the road between Thar Si village and the joint dam.

During the attacks, a total of 40 soldiers of the terrorist military council and 12 others were injured, while 4 members of the KNLA’s allied forces and 13 others were injured, according to the KNU.

5. The terrorist military calls upon veterans in Sagaing Division to reenlist

According to the Sagaing revolutionary forces, the terrorist military calls upon veterans in Sagaing Division to reenlist. It was reported that in the documents seized along with a member of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia arrested by a PDF unit, there were letters issued by the military calling upon veterans in Sagaing Division to serve back in the military, admitting that there were soldiers in the military who were not qualified, and mentioning that there are also soldiers who are taking part in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).

“The army is slowly collapsing rather than disintegrating. The water in the dam has become uncontrollable, so the only thing left is for it to overflow and break the dam. The heads of the military are concealing this with lies and portraying the military as strong while killing innocent civilians in rural areas,” noted a Myanmar political analyst.

6. The military is providing security for Chinese investors travelling to their factories in the Anyar region

According to the Sagaing revolutionary forces, who claimed they only target the military troops while avoiding the others, the Chinese who have invested in Sagaing Division only dare travel there after requesting security from the military.

“When they [the Chinese] need to move from one place to another, the military council troops take a day in advance to clear the route for them. They also indiscriminately fire at the villages along the road. The main reason is that the military is doing those things to protect Chinese interests because they want to gain from them,” said a member of the revolutionary forces in Anyar region.

China had stated that the Myanmar issue is an internal affair, but contrary to the desire of the people of Myanmar, it is recognising the terrorist military and engaging with it.

7. Only 30% of the CDF-Mindat fundraising campaign’s target has been reached after 20 of the campaign’s 30 days have passed

On June 8, the CDF-Mindat called on the public to contribute to its fundraising campaign. “Take Strength and Fly: The Vigour of Hornbill”, since there was a long way to go before meeting the target.

It stated, “The campaign period is 30 days. It’s been 20 days since it began, but the funding has not reached 30% of the target yet. We thank all the donors at home and abroad and fundraising representatives (FRs) who have contributed to this day. In order to meet the campaign target, we will have to raise 350 lakhs [kyats] a day. Only 10 days of the campaign are left, so only if we can raise 350 lakhs a day will it be fine.”

The fundraising campaign conducted with the theme “Take Strength and Fly: The Vigour of Hornbill” by the CDF-Mindat will run from May 19 to June 19. The campaign will bring big strength to the CDF-Mindat in carrying out its operations, and hence, people are urged to take part in the campaign.

For people who want to take part in the campaign, a list of fundraising representatives is available on the CDF-Mindat Facebook page.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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