Summary of News

1. NUG Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung Holds Talks with Ukrainian Parliamentary Chair

Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and Ms. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

During her official visit to the Czech Republic to attend the 27th Forum 2000 Conference in Prague from October 15 to 17, Daw Zin Mar Aung, the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government (NUG), engaged in a talk with Ms. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Integration of Ukraine to the EU.

Sharing on Twitter, Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung stated that she had an opportunity to talk with Ms. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze from Ukraine, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Integration of Ukraine to the EU.

Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk

Daw Zin Mar Aung, the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, also engaged in informal discussions with human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk from Ukraine on the sidelines of the Forum 2000 Conference. They discussed the shared challenges experienced under the brutality of dictatorship, underscoring the significance of justice and accountability for crimes. Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung conveyed her solidarity with the people of Ukraine during the conversation.

2. Union Minister U Tin Tun Naing Emphasizes Equal Significance of Financial Warfare in Revolution alongside Armed Warfare

U Tin Tun Naing, Union Minister of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Planning, Finance and Investment, in a post on Facebook, underscores the crucial role of Financial Warfare in the revolution.

“It is impossible for the terrorist military group that is committing inhumane, barbaric, and brutal war crimes on a daily basis to continue committing them without a source of funding. Now, we can all clearly see that the enemy is on the brink of collapse on the financial front. Hence, it’s crucial to pay special attention to the financial front in a similar way as armed warfare and persistently initiate offensive actions,” the Union Minister stated.

Union Minister U Tin Tun Naing emphasized that participating in a boycott of the financial sources, income streams, and businesses associated with the terrorist military junta is a cost-effective, low-risk, and highly effective method of revolutionizing.

On October 18, the Spring Development Bank (SDB) issued a public notification ensuring that PRFs (People’s Revolution Support Family), serving as supply troops for the PDF (People’s Defence Force), can securely carry out their duties with transactions facilitated through the SDB. The notification read: “Individuals within the People’s Revolution Support Family (PRF) can confidently serve through the People’s Spring Development Bank (SDB). Ensuring the safety of support troops is crucial when they support the People’s Defence Force, and the people’s Spring Development Bank (SDB) is ready to facilitate the secure execution of their duties as part of the PRF.”

3. Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung says that current developments in the Spring Revolution are satisfying and cautions against becoming accustomed to newfound situations as the revolution is not over yet

On October 18, Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung shared reflections on the developing progress of the Spring Revolution.

He stated in a Facebook post, “Current developments are very satisfying. But the journey is not over yet. Since it is building a new mechanism, it is imperative that everyone make dedicated efforts to ensure that the people’s defense forces and administrative organizations that are working on the ground do not become accustomed to this newfound situation. The Spring Revolution, which received the momentum handed over by the successive revolutions, must also learn from the failures of the previous revolutions and constantly review and update strategies.”

At present, the National Unity Government is diligently carrying out interim education and administrative programs in the territories under its control.

4. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun Highlights Military Junta’s Disregard for Rule of Law at UN General Assembly, Emphasizing Impact on Regional Peace and Stability

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, underscored the significant impact on regional peace and stability due to the military junta’s continued disregard for the rule of law and international laws. This statement was delivered during the address to the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, specifically under agenda Item 83: “The rule of law at the national and international levels” on October 18, 2023.

“Transnational organized crime is now on the rise along the borders. Children, women, and girls, especially among the nearly 2 million internally displaced people in Myanmar, are extremely vulnerable to those crimes, particularly human trafficking,” the Ambassador continued.

The Ambassador further noted, “We are glad that the UN Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar significantly expanded its collection of information and evidence. We believe that they will play an important part in our transitional justice process in the future.”

5. Deputy Secretary of Defense U Maung Maung Swe Warns Cooperation with Terrorist Military Junta as Encouraging Terrorism, Announces Public Lands to be Confiscated in Post-Revolution

On October 19, U Maung Maung Swe, Deputy Secretary of the NUG’s Ministry of Defence, declared that collaborating with the military junta constitutes an endorsement of terrorism. He further mentioned that public lands would be subject to confiscation, specifically referring to those participating in the tenders for the military junta’s Naypyidaw Dekkhina Thiri Industrial Zone Project.

He stated, “Engaging with the terrorist military junta is tantamount to endorsing terrorism. As a member of Naypyidaw Region Hluttaw, I caution that public lands will be reclaimed.”

The illegal military junta is engaging in the unauthorized sale of public lands, establishing lucrative enterprises, and trading gemstones.

6. Mine Attack Claims Lives of 12 Junta Troops to Provide Security for Military Convoy on Yangon-Mawlamyine Road Section

According to a report from the Seven Ravens Column, in Mon State, a combined people’s defense force launched a mine attack on a junta column assigned to provide security for a military convoy to pass through the Yangon-Mawlamyine road section, killing 12 and injuring 10.

The attack took place on October 17, 2023. Initially, the combined people’s defense force used mines to attack a junta column with approximately 20 junta troops from the old toll gate near Belin that were assigned to provide security for a military convoy to be pass through the Yangon-Mawlamyine road section, leading to 5 deaths and 3 injuries. Subsequently, the junta column returned with around 30 troops, and the combined defense force attacked them again near Dauk Yet village, leading to 7 more junta deaths and about 10 injuries.

Due to the double attacks on the security troops, the military convoy could not proceed and had to retreat. Despite the convoy firing heavy weapons during the retreat, no members of the combined defense forces sustained injuries, according to the report.

The combined effort involved the Seven Ravens Column, the Ta Pin Shwe Htee Column, a local drone force, and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

#Credit : Radio NUG

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