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KNU: Burma Army Militarization Forces Karen to Flee Villages – Government Used National Ceasefire Agreement to Increase its Troops in Brigades 5 and 7

The KNU statement issued on May 15 by the Karen National Liberation Army Headquarter said the Burma Army operations increased in the border areas of its Brigade 5 and 7 during April and May, 2020. The KNLA statement said 150 Burma Army soldiers and 20 from its militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF) had been newly deployed in territory of…

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KNU and Burma Army to Meet in Naypyidaw to Discuss Road Development, Troop Movements and Conflict

The Karen National Union is to meet with Burma Army officers to discuss tensions over road building, troop expansion in Karen State. The meeting will be held in Naypyidaw, today, December 10 2019, according to KNU statement released yesterday. The meeting is mainly to discuss about military issues including tensions in some areas of the KNU controlled territories due to…

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Peace Process is at a Phase of Ceasefire, People’s Analysis Report says

The director of the Karen Development Network-KDN said that existing peace process between the government and the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) is no more than ceasefire position. The director of KDM Rev. Matthew Aye gave the comment during the introduction ceremony of people’s analysis report on 12 November in Hpa-an, Karen State. According to Rev. Matthew Aye, the report has…

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Why Ethnic Armed Groups Cannot Accept the Burma Army’s Demand for a Single Army

Many observers of Myanmar’s political transition agree that the success of Burma’s democratic reforms and national reconciliation hinge on the willingness of Aung San Su Kyi’s quasi-civilian government and the Tatmadaw (Burma Army) to accommodate the political demands and desires of various ethnic groups.  Chief among those demands is greater political, economic and cultural autonomy in the form of federalism…

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JMC Should Gain Success in Practical Execution Rather Than being a Hallmark

The Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) vice-chair (1) Maj-Gen Saw Isaac Poe said the JMC needs to gain success in practical implementation. Maj-Gen Saw Issac gave the advice in his opening speech at the 18th JMC-U meeting, which kicked off at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday morning (September 12). “Our JMC shouldn’t only be a…

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Skirmishes Between Burma Army and KNLA Increase in Northern Karen State

Skirmishes between the government troop and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) have occurred more frequently in recent weeks in Mu Traw (Hpapun) District, Northern Karen State, according to sources from local KNLA officers. The latest skirmishes have broken out between the Burma army and the KNLA in its Brigade 5 area in the Northern Karen State, Major Saw Kler…

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Karen Nationals are Ready for Upcoming Peace Conference

Officials from the Karen National Political Dialogue Coordination Committee said they have prepared for upcoming third session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong by recollecting the opinions gathered from the Karen national political dialogue and holding a meeting to approve them. A meeting was held at the Karen National Union (KNU) headquarters in Law Khee Lar (Laywah),…

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“NCA Clearly Reveals Which Tactics will be Used in Making a Move” – KNLA’s Vice Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Saw Baw Kyaw Heh

Myanmar government and ethnic armed organizations including the Karen National Union (KNU) have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), but clashes have broken out in the area controlled by the KNU’s armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5. The KNLA’s Vice Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Saw Baw Kyaw Heh shared his views and opinions on this issue.…

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Karen Nationals Thahaya Association urges Tatmadaw and KNU to follow NCA on Hpapun issue

Rangoon-based Karen National Thahaya (Friendship) Association issued a statement on March 28 to urge the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Tatmadaw to keep their troops in line with the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) after armed clashes broke out in the KNU-controlled area in Hpapun District, Karen State on March 5. “We don’t want any skirmishes in this area. By…

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Public Needs to Know Code of Conduct, Says Mon Border/Security Minister

The public needs to be aware of the code of conduct that must be observed by both the Tatmadaw and the ethnic armed group[s] during the ceasefire period, according to Col. Win Naing Oo, Mon State Minister of Security and Border. He said this remark at the recent meeting between the State-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-S) and the public,…

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