341 STORIES TAGGED ‘KNU’

KNU tightens construction ban on Tavoy to Kanchanaburi Road

September 17, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union has taken a tougher stance and banned all Italian-Thai Development Company vehicles from using the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi road that links southern Burma to Kanchanaburi in Thailand. A KNU official (who requested that their name not be used) told Karen Ne... Read more ►

KNU accuses government of dirty, drug running plot

September 15, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

In a media statement released yesterday, the Karen National Union say they have reason to believe the Burma government and its armed militia, the Border Guard Force, plotted to smear the KNU as drug runners. The KNU were responding to media reports in Thai newspapers and on ... Read more ►

Peace — Government’s all mouth no action

September 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Ehna

The Karen National Union said it had grave doubts that the Burma government’s recent declaration to European officials that it was wanted peace with ethnic groups was a blatant attempt to please the international community. Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner ... Read more ►

Burma political situation a work-in-progress: US Special envoy

September 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The United States Special Envoy and Policy Coordinator for Burma, Derek Mitchell sees the current Burma political situation as a work-in-progress, according to the National League for Democracy. NLD spokesman U Ohn Kyaing said that Mr. Mitchell made that statement after meet... Read more ►

DKBA reform

September 12, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

A Democratic Karen Buddhist Army commander told Karen News that the breakaway DKBA factions that refused to give up their Karen identity and come under the direct control of the Burma Army by becoming members of the Border Guard Force have begun restructuring their political... Read more ►

BGF lose 30 more fighters to DKBA

September 9, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

The Burma government’s recently implemented Border Guard Force in Karen State continues to see its soldiers’ desert to join up with opposition forces. This week another 30 soldiers aligned themselves to the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army battalion in the Myaing Gyi Ngu ... Read more ►

Burma army still using child soldiers

September 8, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

There may be a new government in Burma, but it is army is still using force recruiting children into its army according to a child soldier who recently deserted to the Karen National Union. Private Maung Ye Htet 17, no.T-438567 from Infantry Battalion 372 based at Maw Kee vi... Read more ►

DKBA won’t go give up the fight

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The Kayin State Democracy and Development Party (KSDDP) based in Hpa-an in Karen State, announced in the state-controlled media that it did not recognize the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and claimed that the group undermines peace and stability of the State under the name ... Read more ►

Ethnic Alliance says government’s ceasefire offer is unacceptable

September 7, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

The United Nationalities Federal Council said the recent letter from Burma’s President, Thein Sein’s announcing a countrywide ceasefire was unacceptable. The letter urged the ethnic armed groups to get in touch with their regional/state level governments. The UNFC’s re... Read more ►

My father would be proud of Karen army unity

September 4, 2011  •  Author: Zoya Phan

I can’t remember how many times the Karen National Union and other ethnic political organisations have been dismissed as losing, or being on the verge of defeat. In February 1950 General Ne Win boasted to international media that victory over the Karen ‘insurgents’ wou... Read more ►

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