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1) 06RANGOON235 2006-02-17 CONFIDENTIAL
BURMA'S VAST INTERNMENT CAMP: NORTHERN RAKHINE STATE
In a country where everyone is oppressed by the military, some are treated worse than others. In general, the ethnic minorities are treated worse than the ethnic Burman majority, and non-Buddhists face more restrictions on their religious practices. Charge visited Northern Rakhine State January 25-27 with a group of other diplomats organized by UNHCR to learn why the international community in Burma agrees that the Muslims living in Northern Rakhine State are treated worst of all.
2) 06RANGOON668 2006-05-19 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
SOCIAL PROJECTS BENEFIT PIPELINE VILLAGESA contemporary (2013) Jakarta Globe article says the west is interested in oil and gas opportunities in Myanmar. This cable (from 2006) describes some of the players involved and the economic potential:
The visit was at the invitation of UNOCAL representative David Peters (Note: Although merged with Chevron Texaco, UNOCAL retains its original name in Burma to avoid the trouble of a complicated and costly re-registration process. End note). The joint investors in the Yadana natural gas field, located 225 miles offshore, are TOTAL (31.24%), UNOCAL (28.26%), PTTEP (25.5%) and MOGE (15%). ... The pipeline currently delivers approx. 620 million cubic feet daily (MCFD) of natural gas to the Thai border, and 35-50 MCFD to a domestic cement plant and a small gas turbine generation plant in neighboring Mon State. PTTEP has a 30-year "take or pay" contract, valid until 2028.
3) 06RANGOON1722 2006-11-27 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
A TALE OF TWO SITTWES: BURMA'S ETHNIC TENSIONS
Non-Buddhist ethnic minorities in Burma's Rakhine State face the worst of times, with a flat economy, no citizenship rights, and no freedom to seek better opportunities elsewhere. ... Despite the state's potentially lucrative offshore oil and natural gas fields, today only major population centers receive any state-supplied electricity, and even those only get a few hours each night before an 8 pm curfew. ... Muslims living in the capital city of Sittwe and other parts of the state said that they, too, are held captive by rigid GOB restrictions on their travel and activities.
4) 07RANGOON181 2007-02-22 CONFIDENTIAL
BURMA'S LEAST WANTED: THE ROHINGYAS
Burma's military regime refuses to recognize the Rohingyas as one of Burma's official ethnic groups, denies them citizenship, and systematically extorts and persecutes them. ... Virtually captive in a small portion of their native land, many Rohingyas suffer from malnutrition and communicable diseases, and food security remains a major issue in a region that suffers frequent flooding, drought, and brushfires.