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Despite KNU and Civilian Protests, Burma Army Pushes Ahead with Road Building in Kyaukgyi – KNLA Warns of Increased Tension Leading to Conflict

The Burma Army, ignoring the concerns and objections of both the Karen National Union and local villagers, are planning to move ahead with plans to build road in Kyaukgyi Township of Eastern Bago Region. Despite local residents and the Karen National Union’s rejection of its plans to build the road, the Burma Army have secured government funding for its ‘local…

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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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Over 200 IDPs Arrive in Myaing Gyi Ngu after KNLA, Tatmadaw Clashed

Over 200 local residents fled to Myaing Gyi Ngu Camp on August 29 after clashes resumed between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5 and the Tatmadaw in Hpapun Township on August 28. “Only [the residents] of Kan Nyi Naung Village arrived yesterday. I heard that the residents of nearby villages have also fled. They haven’t arrived here yet.…

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Skirmish breaks out in KNU Brigade 5 area amid 21st Century Panglong Conference

A skirmish erupted between the Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) in the area controlled by the KNU Brigade 5 in Hpapun (Mu Traw) District in the Karen State on July 12 while the third session of the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong) is being held in Naypyidaw. The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5 commander Brig…

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Karen Army Warns War is Close, if Government Troops Continue to Violate Ceasefire Agreement

The Karen National Union’s army released a statement voicing its frustration and disappointment in national peace talks with Burma’s government and its military. The KNLA accused the government of using road building as a strategy to complete its attempts to militarize Karen held territory. “We cannot fail to see that they are not the ordinary work of building roads, but…

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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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Burma Army Moves on Karen State – Builds Roads, Occupies Village Land, Displaces Thousands of Villagers and Fights KNLA

Fighting broke out between troops from Karen National Liberation Army and the Burma Army in Ler Mu Plaw village tract in Papun (Mutraw) District of Northern Karen State on March 6. The clash caused thousands of villagers in the areas to flee. Padoh Saw Gaw, a standing committee member of the Karen National Union’s Mutraw district confirmed to Karen News…

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Concerns Grow Over Conflict Between KNU and Mon Armies in Ye Township

Tension is high after fighting between soldiers from the Karen National Union and the New Mon State Party in Ye Township the last weekend. It adds to government concerns as both ethnic armies are signatories to the National Ceasefire Agreement. The fighting took place on February 24 near Man-aung village in Win Ye Township between troops from the KNU’s armed…

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KNPF, KNLA Joint-Forces Seize Meth Pills and Arms in Kawkareik Township

A joint team of the Karen National Police Force (KNPF) and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) seized over 300 yaba (methamphetamine) pills and three percussion lock firearms and arrested the owners in Kawkareik Township, Karen State on January 21. The joint team conducted a surprise inspection at Hpan Khar Kone Ward in Aung Hpa (Aw Hpa) Gyi Village under…

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Fight for Self-determination Must Continue Through Peaceful Means: KNLA General

A leader of the Karen National Liberation Army has called for continuing the fight for ethnic autonomy, but through peaceful, political means. Speaking on the 67th anniversary of Karen National Martyrs’ Day, General Saw Johnny said Karen autonomy has not yet been realized, and the sacrifice made by Karen martyrs has not yet been fulfilled, but he added that violence…

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