Burma Railway Set for Renaissance – The Irrawaddy, May 16, 2012
…Burmese Railway Minister Aung Min, also a leading government peace negotiator, told the opening ceremony of the Karen National Union (KNU) liaison office in Three Pagodas Pass on Tuesday that talks were already underway with Thailand regarding construction of the railway.
Measuring 415 kilometers (258 miles) from Bangkok to Rangoon, Aung Min said that the project will also benefit the businesses of local people who live near Three Pagodas Pass. However, the railway project hinges on Naypyidaw securing a lasting peace deal with the Karen rebels.
“Our citizens will only have to make a daytrip to Thailand after construction is completed,” said Aung Min. “Local development will also grow much more than before…”
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