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Press Release
By: KDNG   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 00:00

For immediate release
Despite the suspension of Burma’s Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam by the country’s president, on March 28 a Chinese border office requested the Kachin State government to allow 500 road construction engineers to enter Kachin State and to import necessary materials for the Myitsone Hydropower Project.

The letter requests the Chief Minister of Kachin State to allow temporary ID cards for the engineers as well as tax-free import of 10,000 tons of cement, trucks, bulldozers and excavators “as CPI is planning to restart the Myitsone Hydropower Project.”

The letter is signed and stamped by the Tengchong-Myitkyina Road Liaison Office.

On September 30 last year, President Thein Sein announced that the Myitsone dam project would be suspended for the length of his term. Since then, however, two hundred Chinese workers have remained at the Myitsone dam site. Over 2,000 villagers that were relocated have not been allowed to return home.

“CPI never stopped this project and now they want to bring in even more workers and materials” said Ah Nan, a spokesperson of the Kachin Development Networking Group. “If the Myitsone dam was really suspended, the government would not allow any new workers to come in and all those remaining would be sent back to China.”


Local opposition to China Power Investment’s seven dams project has been growing since 2007. On March 30, over 100 people from Myitsone and downstream areas held a public event in Myitkyina calling for an end to forced relocation and for the Myitsone dam to be cancelled.

“Until the seven dams project is cancelled and local people can return home, opposition against this project will continue” said Ah Nan. “When will the government listen to the voice of the people?”

Contact; Ah Nan +66 848 854 154
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 20:49