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A senior commander of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), which claims to control land in Myanmar affected by the project, says the Myanmar military has moved more troops into the area and this could derail peace talks with the government.

Tikuepor was only 13 when she fled her village in eastern Myanmar to escape a campaign by the Burmese military against canada goose uk outlet ethnic canada goose uk shop armed cheap Canada Goose rebels, during which troops terrorised civilians to stop them canada goose factory sale supporting the rebels.

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don have a Thai citizenship card. We don have titles for the land we live on, said Tikuepor, who goes by a single name, sitting on a bench in the school grounds. won receive any compensation if we have to leave this village.

Sob Moei is located 47 kms (30 miles) upstream from the site of the long planned 1,360 megawatt Hatgyi dam in Myanmar.

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Six million people live in the Salween watershed and depend on the river for jobs and nutritious food, according to the WWF. Campaigners say six dams are planned in Burma and 13 on the upper Salween in China.

In Sob Moei, a remote village at the confluence of the Moei and Salween rivers, about 40 families buy canada goose jacket cheap share Tikuepor plight, according to the Canada Goose sale village Thai Karen headman, Decha Srisawaidaoruang, 30.

canada goose store The village has no electricity or phone signal, though WiFi is available in the school grounds. It is an hour boat ride from the only pier along the Salween in Thailand. canada goose store

have not been buy canada goose jacket many channels to voice our concerns about this dam and we do not have access to decision makers, said Decha.

Civil society groups are concerned that Thailand military rulers canada goose black friday sale may allow EGAT and the Thai energy industry to push the project through without assessments of its impact on people living nearby, said Pianporn Deetes, campaign canada goose uk black friday coordinator for the environmental group International Rivers (IR) in Thailand.

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THREAT TO PEACE TALKS If built, Hatgyi could destabilise the area, KNLA general Baw Kyaw Heh warned.

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