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KNU delegation table 11 keys points at peace-talks

January 11, 2012  •  Author: Shwe Thite Taw (KIC)

The Karen National Union’s 19-member ‘peace talk’ delegation left the border town of Myawaddy this morning for official ceasefire talks in Pa-an Town, Karen State, with Burma government representatives on Thursday, January12. The KNU delegation is led by the Karen Nat... Read more ►

Government cancels Dawei coal-fired power plant

January 10, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The renowned international environmental group, EarthRights International welcomed reports that the Burma government has canceled the planned 4,000-megawatt coal-fire power plant that was to be part of the US$60 billion Dawei development project in southern Burma. EarthRight... Read more ►

Mon salt producers feel the pinch as prices fall

January 10, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Salt producers in Mon State say they are facing heavy financial losses this year as salt prices plummet to below 50kyat a viss (a viss is equal to about one and a half kilogram). Salt producers told Karen News that he had to invest 70kyat a viss salt but the market price ha... Read more ►

Villager’s concerns ignored as Thai Ministers meet in Dawei

January 7, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

Today, five of Thailand’s senior ministers will meet in Dawei with their Burmese counterparts to support the Burma government’s push to attract foreign investment for mega development projects to the country. The Thai ministers of foreign affairs, energy, transport, indu... Read more ►

Karen students demand ‘genuine peace’

January 4, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

A Karen student organization has come out in support of the Karen National Union and the Burma government ‘ceasefire talks’ and urges the government to establish genuine peace. The KNU and the government plan to officially meet in Pa-an Town on 12th January to negotiate ... Read more ►

KNU gives green light to Italian-Thai Dawei road construction

January 4, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The Karen National Union is considering allowing the Italian-Thai Development Company to build a road linking Burma’s Tavoy Special Economic Zone to Thailand after a meeting between the KNU and company representatives on December 28. Saw Kwe Htoo Win, KNU chairman of the M... Read more ►

3,000 Karen turn out to celebrate hassle-free New Year in Tavoy

December 30, 2011  •  Author: Ehna

Thousands of villagers turned up to celebrate the Karen New Year for the first time in Tavoy (also known as Dawei) Town, the capital of Tenasserim Division. The huge turnout was in response to the Burma government’s offer to let Karen people their cultural holiday in the d... Read more ►

Village fire destroys 100 houses

December 29, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Residents of Zin Kyaik village, Paung Township, Mon State claim a fire that destroyed more than a 100 houses on the night of 25 December was a caused by an electric fault. A woman villager who witnessed the incident told Karen News. “A hundred houses are gone. People say t... Read more ►

Burma Army deserters claim abuse continues

December 29, 2011  •  Author: Saw Kha Su Nyar (KIC)

After being abused by a senior officer, Aung Ko Lat, 21, deserted from his Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 230 that was operating in Hlaingbwe Township in Karen State. Aung Ko Lat explained to Karen News that he deserted his unit on December 12, 2011 and turned himself i... Read more ►

KNU ‘peace talks’ gives voice to Karen organizations

December 28, 2011  •  Author: Saw Kha Su Nyar (KIC)

The Karen National Union have appealed for Karen civil society groups based inside Burma and oversea to voice their thoughts before the official ‘peace talks’ between the KNU and the Burma government takes place on January 12. Naw Zipporah Sein, general secretary of KNU ... Read more ►

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