The Tatmadaw (Burmese Army) True News Information Committee has issued a statement today (20 September 2017) saying that it is making constant efforts to ensure amity and cooperation with armed forces of neighbouring countries, regional countries and international countries at a time when the country is exercising the multiparty democracy system.
In an attempt to promote relation and cooperation between armed forces of both countries, five officer trainees from Myanmar Tatmadaw are undergoing training in the UK. The UK sends them back to Myanmar as the UK’s Muslim parliamentarians (Most are Bangladesh-born) are calling for the suspension of training course with regard to the incidents in Rakhine State.
On September 20, all five officer trainees gathered at Myanmar Military Attaché Office (Army, Navy and Air). The Tatmadaw will take back them to Myanmar as quickly as possible. The Tatmadaw will not send trainees including those previously agreed, to the UK and terminate the mutual training agreement, the statement says.
Boris Johnson has been urged by 157 MPs and peers to suspend Britain's training of the Burmese armed forces given the military offensive against Rohingya Muslim insurgency in the south-east Asian nation. The Foreign Secretary has already warned Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi that the treatment of the ethnic minority group is "besmirching" the country's reputation.
The parliamentarians welcomed his statement but urged the Government to suspend British training of the Burmese military, which cost the UK around £305,000 last year, given reports of beheadings, rape and children being deliberately shot.
|All Bangladeshi-born UK Labor MPs are against our Burma.|
In November last year, then-defence minister Mike Penning said the Government does not know if any of the soldiers trained by the UK are involved in operations against Rohingya Muslims, and said officials have not evaluated how the training has led to improvements in human rights.
The letter came after the United Nations said 270,000 Rohingya Muslims had crossed into neighbouring Bangladesh in the past two weeks. The exodus began after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts in Burma, prompting the military to respond with "clearance operations" to root out fighters hiding in villages in Rakhine state, prompting accusations of ethnic cleansing.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, the parliamentarians, led by Bangladesh-born Muslim Labour MP Rushanara Ali, who co-chairs the all party parliamentary group for democracy in Burma, said: "Based on reports from the United Nations, human rights organisations and Rohingya organisations, we are witnessing human rights violations on a scale extreme even by the standards of Myanmar's (Burma's) history.
Estimates of people killed range from official figures of hundreds dead, to estimates by reliable Rohingya organisations of between 2,000 to 3,000 killed. Eye witnesses describe civilians being shot indiscriminately, people forced to lie down in rows and then shot in the back of the head, beheadings, rape, rounding people up into buildings which are then set fire to, and deliberate shooting of children.
At the same time the (militant group) ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) appears to have been targeting ethnic Rakhine, the Mro community and people of other races and religions, exacerbating communal tensions and violence."
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has refused to say whether Britain will stop training Burma’s armed forces amid allegations of “textbook ethnic cleansing”. The United Nations said the Burmese army was accused of driving Rohingya Muslims out of Rakhine state, killing civilians and burning their homes to the ground.
But the UK has not announced any move to review training provided for the country’s military, despite calls to suspend the programme from 157 MPs and peers. Asked whether the relationship had become uncomfortable, Sir Michael did not confirm any changes were taking place.
|Bangladesh-born UK Labor MP Rushanara Ali|
is spearheading the hate attack on Burma.
“Our ambassador has made representations to that effect to the Burmese regime,” the Defence Secretary added. “Like the arms that we export to any country, the training that we provide has to meet our criteria and is kept consistently under review.”
His comments came a day after Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, defended Britain's weapons sales to countries accused of committing war crimes, including Saudi Arabia.
The initiative in Burma does not include combat training but instead seeks to educate soldiers in democracy, leadership and the English language, cost the UK around £305,000 last year. In November, then-defence minister Mike Penning said the Government does not know if any of the soldiers trained by the UK were involved in operations against Rohingya Muslims, adding that officials have not evaluated how the training has led to improvements in human rights.
Boris Johnson was criticised for a “gushing” statement to the Burmese leader last week, where he called her “one of the most inspiring figures of our age”. The Foreign Secretary added: “But the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma.
(Blogger's Notes: Fuck the Islamic Republic of Britain. Burmese Army does not need some fucking useless administrative and human rights training from the stupid English to force the Bengali-Muslims here in Burma back to their homeland Bangladesh. They Brits were the ones brought them millions Bengali Muslims as cheap labor into Burma at the first place during the colonial times.)
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