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National Solidarity Should be Built Through Equality, Not Military Pressure – KNU Says

National solidarity should be built in the union through freedom, equality, and justice between the ethnic people and not through military pressure and force, said the Karen National Union (KNU) chair General Mutu Say Poe in his speech on the first day of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong held at MCC-2 Hall in Naypyidaw on July 11.…

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KNU Agricultural Department Decide to Prioritize Measuring Land, Solving Land Disputes

The Karen National Union’s Agriculture Department will give priority to assist the public in obtaining their land ownership rights and solve land issues that rose up in the mixed controlled areas within this year. The department made the decision during its 12th year-end meeting held at Kalo Yaw Hta under Hpa-an District on May 30. Local residents from the KNU-controlled…

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Displaced Mutraw Villagers Can’t go Home – ‘Temporary Stop’ of Road Building Agreement Favors Burma Army Until End of Wet Season

Despite Burma Army promises to withdraw its soldiers and stop a construction of a contentious road at the center of the military conflict, thousands displaced villagers are unable to return to their villages in northern Karen State. In an interview with Karen News, Padoh Saw Tender, chairperson of the Karen National Union’s Mutraw (Papun) district said that although the road…

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KNU and Burma Army Thrash Out Agreement to Temporary Stop Road Building in Northern Karen State – Displaced Villagers to Return

A Karen National Union delegation led by its chairman, General Saw Mutu Sae Po met unofficially with Burma Army’s Senior General, Min Aung Hlaing, to discuss the fighting in the Papun area of Northern Karen State. The KNU and the Burma Army met on Thursday, May 17 at the Yangon Command Headquarters in Rangoon. The informal meeting lasted for three-hours…

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Meeting on Hpapun Incident Postponed in Kyaukkyi

The meeting between the Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Kyaukkyi Township, Bago Region has been postponed although it was slated for March 29-30, according to the Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U)’s secretary (2) Col Wunna Aung. “We will only know the date after making negotiations. The important thing is for [the KNU] Brigade 5 to attend the…

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Local Residents Tumultuously Welcome Saw Ba U Gyi Statue to be Inaugurated at the KNU’s Win Yay Area

A statue of Karen martyr Saw Ba U Gyi received a tumultuous welcome from local residents in Naung Tal Village under the Karen National Union (KNU)-controlled area in the Mon State’s Kyaikmaraw Township on February 3. The statue is scheduled for installation at the KNU’s Win Yay Township office in Win Yaw area (Kyain-seikgyi Township) of the Karen State on…

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KNU Calls for Negotiations with Gov’t Resuming Dawei SEZ’s two-lane Highway Project

The Karen National Union (KNU) demanded negotiations with the union government over the plan to resume the construction of a two-lane highway connecting Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which has been suspended during U Thein Sein Administration in 2013, and the Thai border. The KNU issued a statement on February 1 in response to the government’s announcement on December 2,…

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NCA Signing Doesn’t Mean Laying Down of Arms – KNU Chairman General Mutu Sae Poe

The Karen National Union (KNU) chairman General Mutu Sae Poe said the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) was signed to solve political problems by political means and it was not to abandon the way of arms. He said this in his address to the 69th Karen National Revolutionary Day on January 31. “The KNU has thought and performed by putting at…

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KNU to Hold Plenary Meeting on JMC Implementation

The Karen National Union (KNU) will hold a plenary meeting among Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) representatives from the KNU to discuss the implementation of the JMC. The decision was made during the emergency meeting of the KNU’s Central Standing Committee held from January 23 to 26. The KNU’s secretary general P’doh Saw Tar Doh told Karen News that the plenary…

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KNU Meets Karen CBOs, CSOs to Explain Peace Process

The Karen National Union (KNU) Central held a consultative meeting with Karen community-based organizations (CBOs) and civil society organizations at the KNU-controlled area in Law Khee Lar on January 29-30 to explain the current peace process and political dialogues carried out by the KNU. The KNU’s joint secretary P’doh Saw Hla Tun told Karen News that the two-day meeting aimed…

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