KNU and Government to hammer out ceasefire ‘code of conduct’ detail

The Burmese government and the Karen National Union (KNU) will meet on 27 August in Hpa-an to discuss a newly drafted ‘ceasefire code of conduct’ that has been prepared by the Karen National Union.

Meeting today in the Burma border town of Myawaddy, both sides agreed to meet again to negotiate the detail of the ‘cease-fire code of conduct’.

Naw Zipporah Sein, the KNU general secretary, told Karen News.

“We agreed that we will discuss further the issue of the security for civilians, the guarantee for civilian security and the issue of a code of conduct that was agree at the second round of ‘peace talks’ in April this year.”

Naw Zipporah Sein said also on the agenda for discussion will be the withdrawal of Burma Army soldiers that are causing concerns for villagers who live in close proximity to the army camps.

“We will also discuss the issue with the government to get them to withdraw their troops and bases near to Karen villages or close to the villages.”

In today’s meeting, Naw Zipporah Sein, led five KNU representatives and the Burma government’s Minister for Rail Transportation, U Aung Min, led eight representative.

On April 6, the KNU and the Burma government held a second round of ceasefire talks in Rangoon – both sides reached agreement on 13 points including the ‘ceasefire code of conduct’ that is suppose to guarantee security for Karen civilians. In January 2012 the KNU reached a historical ceasefire with the Burma government after more than 60 years of civil war.

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