Government talks peace with student army

The Burma government has been busy pushing its peace talk agenda with the country’s armed opposition groups. Last week, government ‘peace talk’ delegations held a series of meetings with Mon representatives, Kachin and members of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) on 17th January.

The government’s delegation was led by former Karen State chairman, Colonel Saw Khin Soe, who met with an ABSDF representative, the Taungtha Township Pyithu Hluttaw representative, U Aung Thaung.

The ABSDF sent their ‘peace talk’ position paper to U Aung Thaung. The ABSDF said in their paper that they accepted the government’s peace offer as constructive and are ready to ‘talk’ if they are allocated equal rights.

The government sent its letter offering ‘peace talks’ to the ABSDF on January 10.

U Myo Win, the ABSDF vice-chairman told Karen News.
“We welcome the government’s offer. But first we will hold discussions and consult with democratic groups, inside and outside Burma before we will make any decision.”

The ABSDF was founded in 1988 in the Karen National Union controlled area, Kaw Moo Rah Township, Wan Kha camp and have at times fought together with the Karen National Union fighters and Kachin Independent Army against the Burma Army.

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