A Karen National Union delegation met with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) in Cambodia last week to discuss about cooperation in the peace building process in Burma.
The four-member-delegation led by Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, the KNU secretary, visited Cambodia from the 2nd to the 4th February, 2016 and met with CPSC officials to talk about the current peace process and what support the CPSC provides.
Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win spoke to Karen News about the trip.
“The organization [CPSC] is helping with our peace process. Our visit is to discuss about further cooperation for our future works.”
The trip was the first time KNU delegates visited Cambodia. Sources from the KNU said that a detail discussion included issues concerning the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement and conducting training for technical know-how to help with the implementation of the peace process in Burma.
According to the KNU delegation, CPCS has agreed to provide a training course that could help with the peace and national reconciliation process and to open office to coordinate the process.
Naw Eh Paw Wah, a local youth activist operating in the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) areas said; “Although we have already organized a similar training course in DKBA areas, there is still a need to do more. This is work we always have to do. When a conflict is solved another different conflict may arise. That’s the nature of antagonism. We should always conduct such training courses. It can also help our different Karen organizations.”
CPCS is a regional organization that focuses on giving awareness and skill training courses about peace and conflict not only in Cambodia, but also in other South East Asia countries like the Philippines and Burma. CPCS has been involved in the peace process in Burma since 2011.