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*Ethnic Rebels Hail New President, Hope for Peace Process Success

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Ethnic leaders and armed group representatives have welcomed last week’s appointment of Htin Kyaw as president of the National League for Democracy government, with some voicing confidence in his government’s abilities to revive Myanmar’s stalled peace process. “Although Aung San Suu Kyi is not the president, she will be able to work harmoniously with the president.…

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KNU: NLD Priorities – Change the Constitution and Start Peace Talks With Ethnic Armed Groups

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, general secretary of the Karen National Union, explains that the Burma’s new government priorities are to change the Constitution and to begin political dialogue with the country’s ethnic armed groups. Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, points out that political dialogue has been on the KNU’s agenda for more than 60…

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General Baw Kyaw Heh: Ethnic Groups Have to Stay Strong and United

In an exclusive Interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, Vice Chief-of-Staff of the Karen National Liberation Army, question the potential of Burma’s new government to wrestle power from the country’s military elite. General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Vice Chief-of-Staff of the Karen National Liberation Army told Karen News that ethnic people had placed their faith in Aung San…

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The KNU Exchange Views with Civil Society Groups on Future Political Discussions

As part of its preparation for the upcoming political talks with the newly elected National League of Democracy government, representatives of the Karen National Union held a meeting with civil society organizations to exchange views. The meeting was held in Hpa-an at the office of the Research Institute for Social Events (RISE), on February 4, 2016. At the meeting, Padoh…

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KNU Delegate Meets Regional Peace Support Group In Cambodia

A Karen National Union delegation met with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) in Cambodia last week to discuss about cooperation in the peace building process in Burma. The four-member-delegation led by Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, the KNU secretary, visited Cambodia from the 2nd to the 4th February, 2016 and met with CPSC officials to talk about…

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*Where are the women in Myanmar’s peace process?

Of three new union level committees set up after the ceasefire agreement was signed, only three out of 96 members are women. None are from the government. YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Women have been consistently excluded from Myanmar’s peace negotiations and their continued absence could undermine the success of the talks aimed at ending long-running ethnic conflicts that have displaced…

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Karen Groups Call NCA Signing A Nonsense As It Fails to Include All Ethnic Armed Groups

More than forty Karen organizations issued a statement critical of the Karen National Union after it had decided to sign a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the government that excluded the majority of ethnic armed groups. Seven ethnic armed organizations, including the Karen National Union, decided to go ahead and sign the NCA with the government without the full support of…

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“Without Real Political Road Map, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Leads Nowhere…”

David Tharckabaw, head of the Karen National Unions Alliance Affairs, in an exclusive interview with Karen News, explains why he is opposed to the current Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement that he believes will deliver little for the majority of ethnic people and only benefit a few people. Mr Tharckabaw said he was not against a nationwide ceasefire that was in the…

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Karen General Urges Ethnic Leaders Not To Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Until Gov’t Agrees To Political Roadmap

Major General Nerdah Bo Mya, head of the Karen National Defence Organisation in an exclusive interview with Karen News said that moves to sign a nationwide Ceasefire Agreement is worthless unless all ethnic armed groups are included. General Nerdah stressed that peace must be based on equality and justice and that a nationwide ceasefire is worthless unless there is a…

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Shan and Karen Leaders Meet President U Thein Sein

A delegation from the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), Karen National Union (KNU) and other Karen armed groups informally met with President U Thein Sein and government representatives in Naypyidaw on Monday, August 3. Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, KNU secretary, said the two hours meeting would support the next meeting between the Ethnic Armed Oorganizations, Senior Delegation and…

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