November 25, 2022

Ex-Burmese army general Shwe Mann dissolves his political party

Posco International then submitted new plans for a multipurpose support vessel in July 2017, in cooperation with Deasun Shipbuilding, saying it would be built to civilian specifications.

A leaked letter from the Myanmar Navy to the activist group Justice For Myanmar (JFM) shows that a meeting was subsequently arranged with Posco International and the Myanmar Army Procurement Directorate in October 2017 for the acquisition of a versatile support vessel. The letter states that the purchase of the vessel was offered by Posco International, formerly known as Posco Daewoo.

A December 2017 Daesun Shipbuilding document on the vessel’s specifications shows the company’s hasty modifications to adapt the vessel to a civilian design. For example, the details of the gun systems and the artillery magazine have been crossed out and the tank deck has been renamed “K-Deck”.

However, ship designs leaked to Myanmar Now, JFM and Korean Civil Society for Democracy Myanmar (KCSSDM) by Myat Min Thu, a Myanmar Navy Chief Petty Officer participating in the civil disobedience movement, reveal that the vessel was built to military specifications and illegally exported.

A wiring diagram from Daesun Shipbuilding of the Mottama’s power system shows that the wiring for five guns was installed in Korea, before they were mounted after the ship was transferred to Myanmar.

Another Daesun document on the ship’s communication and navigation system shows the telephone systems installed for the five guns.

Both documents were created in October 2018, according to the document’s metadata.

The ship was also built to transport and launch military vehicles, including T-72S tanks and BTR-3U armored personnel carriers.

Myat Min Thu has officially submitted the ship’s documents to the Korean police and is cooperating with their investigation.

“In order to circumvent the sanctions, the warship was renamed Multi-Purpose Support Ship, instead of LPD, and the Myanmar Navy claimed that it would be used for search and rescue, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. disaster,” said Myat Min Thu in Myanmar. Now.

“The ship is designed to carry the same armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles that the junta uses to launch brutal operations against ethnic armed groups and the People’s Defense Forces.”

In a joint statement, JFM and KCSSDM welcomed the police investigation and called on the Korean prosecutor to promptly indict those responsible for transferring the LPD to Myanmar.

Kinam Kim, who is Myat Min Thu’s lawyer and a member of the KCSSDM, told Myanmar Now: “We suspected Posco International of being involved in the sale of the LPD because of its long history of cooperation with the military. Myanmar. With the support of my client, Myat Min Thu, we were able to provide concrete evidence that Posco International failed to comply with Korean domestic law in its assistance to the military junta.

“My client wants to make these business relationships public so that the company ends its support for the Myanmar military and those who broke the law are held accountable.”

UMS Mottama was commissioned by Chief General Min Aung Hlaing in 2019, in a ceremony that showcased its use for the military. A video broadcast on military television MWD showed troops in attack boats ready to take off. Min Aung Hlaing has since used the UMS Mottama in naval exercises.

Earlier this year, the vessel was used to support military troop build-up in Rakhine State, according to reports in Janes.

“It is inexcusable that South Korea allowed Posco International to transfer this warship Daesun Shipbuilding to the Myanmar military, knowing that it will be used to support atrocities committed by the military,” the carrier said. word of JFM, Yadanar Maung.

“In addition to holding accountable those responsible for the LPD’s export, the Korean government must take concrete steps to stop the flow of funds, weapons and equipment through targeted sanctions against the Burmese junta and its businesses.” , she added.

Posco International has long-standing business interests in Myanmar. It is the operator of the Shwe gas project and the main investor in Lotte Hotel, which is being built on land leased from the Burmese army.

For Myat Min Thu, cooperating with the Korean police is a revolutionary act to prevent companies from supporting the junta.

“As the leading democracy in Asia, I believe that if South Korea stops cooperating with Myanmar’s military, it will help the people of Myanmar and promote democracy and justice,” he said.

Posco International and Daesun Shipbuilding and Engineering did not respond to a request for comment from Myanmar Now.