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KNU questions role of Govt’s business linked ‘peace talk’ advisors

The Karen National Union (KNU) are to ask the Burma Government to clarify the role of business groups involved as advisors in the ‘peace talk’ negotiations. The KNU has questioned the motives of the business advisors involvement in the ceasefire talks after concerned Karen people raised questions about the potential of a conflict of interest. Karen observers said some of…

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KNU puts human rights on ‘peace talks’ agenda

The Karen National Union says human rights violations and military related issues will be discussed with the Burma government in the next round of ‘peace talks’ planned for later this month. It was statement by some of the KNU’s Peace Negotiation Team members who were held a discussion and press conference with some NGOs and media at Bangkok about update…

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So far so good – villagers agree ceasefire has brought freedom of movement

According to a Karen National Union source, villagers in Kyauk Kyi Township in the Bago Region have more freedom to travel since the preliminary ceasefire agreement between Karen National Union and government. Padoh Saw Ner Htoo Byaing, KNU chairman in Kyauk Kyi Township told Karen News. “Villagers now don’t need to get travel permission documents to move around the area.…

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Villagers accuse both the Burma Army and KNLA of extorting “taxes”

Villagers have accuse both the Burma Army and soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army, Brigade 4, of extorting ‘taxes’ from them in Myitta Sub Township, Tavoy, in the Tenasserim Division Sin Phyu Tai village tract since the beginning of April. The villagers say the Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 410, led by Colonel Kyi Soe, head of Tactical Operations…

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KNU to close down antimony mining companies

The Karen National Union are about to close down two antimony mining companies operating in the Maw Lu Taung (known locally) area in Papun Township that are working in a KNU controlled area. Karen News understands that the KNU will stop the mining companies activities by the end of April. Padoh Saw Tender, KNU chairman of Papun District, told Karen…

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KNU go public to explain their ‘peace talks’ progress

The Karen National Union’s campaign to explain to Karen people the results of their peace talks with the Burma government drew a crowd of 300 in Hlaingbwe Township Karen state earlier this month. The series of KNU public meetings on the peace talk progress began on April 16 on the Thai Burma border. The first meeting was held at a…

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KNU and Suu Kyi focused on responsible development

Naw Zipporah Sein, general secretary of the Karen National Union told Karen News that it is too early for the international community to lift sanctions imposed on Burma. Ms. Sein said there is a need for the government to implement more political reforms and a countrywide ceasefire. “It is not the time to remove the sanctions – the international community…

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KNU peace talks progress earns Karen leaders approval

Karen leaders based inside Burma said they are satisfied so far with the way the ‘peace talks’ between the Karen National Union and the government delegations are progressing. The Karen Member of Parliament, Nan Say Hwa from Hpa-an told Karen News that there is more support for the KNU’s the second round of peace talks than for the first round.…

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KNU and NLD’s Suu Kyi share common ground on national peace building

The Karen National Union peace talk delegation met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for two hours at her home in Rangoon today. The KNU discussed with the national league for democracy leader and recently elected Member of Parliament their ongoing peace talks with government and their efforts to build a lasting peace in Burma. KNU general secretary Naw Zipporah…

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Busy KNU meet Suu Kyi and 24 political leaders

The Karen National Union ‘peace talks’ delegation, that met with the Burma government and later in a separate meeting with President U Thein Sein, has been busy putting their case and gathering support among the country’s democracy groups for their cause. Yesterday, the KNU delegation met with 24 leaders of the country’s ethnic and democratic political parties to explain their…

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