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[ineb] Fw: Urgent Action Requested on the plans to dam the Salween River

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  • Panadda Kosakarn and Carl Doige
    Dear friends, A group who are working on a campaign against the construction of a dam on Salween River posted this to ask for your inputs. In peace, Panadda
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 26, 1995
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      Dear friends,

      A group who are working on a campaign against the construction of a dam on
      Salween River posted this to ask for your inputs.

      In peace,

      Panadda Kosakarn
      INEB Secretariat

      >----------
      >> From: Salween Watch <salweenwatch@...>
      >> To: kristian@...
      >> Subject: Urgent Action Requested on the plans to dam the Salween River
      >> Date: 23 ????????? 2542 4:29
      >>
      >> SALWEEN WATCH
      >>
      >> Northern Thailand,
      >> 18th November 1999.
      >>
      >>
      >> Dear Friends,
      >>
      >> The attached message, which we hope you are interested in and can open
      >with
      >> no difficulties, is about the plans to build giant dams on the Salween
      >River
      >> in Burma. The planning has now reached a critical decision making stage,
      >> beyond which it will become ever more difficult to stop this nightmare
      >> project from going ahead.
      >>
      >> The 'feasibility study' for what is understood will be a 188 metre high,
      >> 3,300 megawatt hydroelectric dam has already been completed. It is
      >believed
      >> that governments and financiers are now evaluating this study with a view
      >to
      >> approving or rejecting it. We have heard news that a decision is likely
      >to
      >> be made by December 1999.
      >>
      >> Another related development that may be decided very soon to build power
      >> lines to supply electricity to Burma from Thailand, which currently has a
      >
      >> big oversupply. Thailand may approve either the dams or the power line as
      >a
      >> way to make peace with the Burmese military.
      >>
      >> Damming the Salween River in Burma would have extraordinarily harmful
      >> consequences above and beyond the many negative environmental and social
      >> impacts large dams are well known to have on forests, farmlands,
      >wildlife,
      >> fisheries, downstream soil fertility, geological stability, debt levels,
      >> communities, etc.
      >>
      >> The Salween runs through areas that are the heartlands of ethnic and
      >> indigenous peoples who have been suffering in what has been described as
      >the
      >> longest continuously running civil war in current history. The attempts
      >to
      >> dam the river are part of a comprehensive military strategy by one of the
      >
      >> world's most brutal military regimes to finalize their occupation of
      >these
      >> ethnic lands.
      >>
      >> The reality of what the Salween dam plans represent is untold suffering
      >for
      >> tens of thousands of people in the Shan States whose villages are in,
      >around
      >> and to the west of the dam flood area. Some 1,400 villages of these
      >people
      >> have recently been forced from their lands in the context of a so-called
      >> anti-insurgency program. Tens of thousands of Karens and Karenni people
      >are
      >> already living in refugees camps in Thailand, having been driven from
      >their
      >> lands by previous military operations in projected flood and dam site
      >areas.
      >> The plans that are most advanced are for a dam that will flood dozens of
      >> villages and many hundreds of kilometers of forest and farmland. This
      >would
      >> forever deprive the internally displaced peoples and the refugees of the
      >> lands they yearn to return to.
      >>
      >> Damming the Salween will benefit few people other than those in the
      >> privileged business, bureaucratic and military circles. They will deepen
      >the
      >> suffering of many who already have far more than their share of misery.
      >We
      >> therefore request that you add your voices and written words to ours to
      >try
      >> to stop these plans from advancing further. Thanking you for your
      >attention
      >> and whatever efforts you can take towards this goal.
      >>
      >> Salween Watch members
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> ______________________________________________________
      >>
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