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Mon Rebels Give Up Arms to the Burmese Army

By Akar

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Eight Mon rebels of the Mon National Watch Army (MNWA) surrendered to Military Operation Management Command (MOMC) No. 19 on February 28th, according to Mon sources. MOMC is located in Ye Township in Mon State.

The MNWA is led by Nai Bin, a former member of the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

Mon rebel group that operated in southern Ye Township(Photo Akar) 

A source close to the MNWA told Kaowao that “They have already handed their arms over to MOMC. But, in order to celebrate their return to legal status, they [the Burmese Army] told him [Nai Bin] that 30 additional forces would need to be surrendered, along with 19 arms.

Along with his eight troops, Nai Bin has surrendered eight guns and continues to try to persuade and organize his former members, along with their guns. His hope is to eventually be able to host celebrations of their return as legal citizens, according to a source.

After surrendering, the Military of Southeast Command, which based in the capital of Mon State, Moulmein, Major. Gen. Thin Mg Win had dinner with a member of MNWA at MOMC No. 19 and currently the eight members of MNWA had been temporarily based in the Infantry Battalion (IB) No. 31, based in Kawzar sub-township.

A central committee member of the NMSP who did not want to be named, said that the IB No.31 has pressured the MNWA to give up their arms by saying that if they did not the NMSP was going to attack them after the NMSP agreed to the ceasefire and was then based in the area.

“We heard that the NMSP told A Bin (Nai Bin) that they would eliminate the MNWA if they did not give up arms. This is why they had to agree to surrender.”

Once all have returned to legal status, the members of MNWA have asked the Burmese government to base their troops in Magyi village and to begin operating in the southern part of Ye Township.

The government ordered local authorities to set up a place for the surrendered MNWA members in Shwe Hin Tar village. They are to individually receive one cement house, ten packages of rice, three bottle of cooking oil and 10 acres of land in the area, according to local sources.

MNWA was founded in 1997. At the time, their arms had been stolen from the All Burma Student Democratic Front which was then operated in Yebyu Township. Fights between the MNWA and the Burmese Army have taken place many times in the past.

The Human Rights Foundation of Monland, based along the Thai-Burma border, has reported that there were many human rights abuses that had been committed by the Burmese Army during the fighting. These abuses included the burning of villages, torture and rape by the military government in that area. 


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