Shan and Karen Leaders Meet President U Thein Sein

A delegation from the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), Karen National Union (KNU) and other Karen armed groups informally met with President U Thein Sein and government representatives in Naypyidaw on Monday, August 3.

Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, KNU secretary, said the two hours meeting would support the next meeting between the Ethnic Armed Oorganizations, Senior Delegation and the government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) on August 6, today.

Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win said, “The meeting was to make known the KNU’s position and where it stands on the process of peacemaking. We discussed the foreseeable challenges during the ceasefire negotiations.”

Included in the informal meeting were the KNU’s General Saw Mutu Say Poe (Chairman) and Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win KNU Secretary, Major General Saw Moses from the DKBA, Brigadier General Saw Yin Nu from the KNU/KNLA PC, Colonel Sai Hla, Lieutenant Colonel Sai Han from RCSS peace working committee and U Han Nyung Way the director of the EBO.

When contacted by Karen News, Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, the Senior Delegation leader and Vice-chairman of KNU, said the EAOS-SD and the UPWC would meet to discuss the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on Thursday, August 6.

Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein said she would not give comment about the meeting between the President, government officials and ethnic leaders.

According to sources closed to KNU, the ethnic leaders from Karen and Shan also met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Burma Army.

The government’s delegation included President U Thein Sein, Minister U Aung Min, Minister U Soe Thein from UPWC, U Hla Maung Shwe, a senior official from MPC and other government officials.

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