The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) is a Karen national revolutionary resistance army formed by the Karen National Union (KNU) for the liberation and defense of the Karen people. With regard to ceasefire, we the KNLA have laid down our position based on our long standing principles, as follows.
At the 9th round of talks held between the Senior Delegation of the Ethnic Armed Organizations and the Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC), the two sides finalized and reached an agreement on articles in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
The Central Standing Committee held their 5th Emergency Meeting, following the Karen National Union’s 15th Congress. The two-day meeting was successfully held from 14 – 15 August 2015. Forty-four Central Standing Committee members (out of fifty) attended the meeting. They discussed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and the preparation for the political dialogue after signing the NCA.
Negotiations toward reaching a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Burma saw setbacks last month, as the nation’s ethnic negotiating bloc was reconstituted with what is viewed as a more critical constitution. The Ethnic Armed Groups Senior Delegation, which replaced the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) as a central party to the talks, has since met several times with the government to get the peace process back on track, and talks will resume in Rangoon next week.
Ethnic group leaders have agreed to hold a conference of armed ethnic groups following the agreement of a draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
1. The Karen National Union (KNU) fully supports the Bill titled “Amendment to the National Education Law” submitted to the Parliament on February 16, 2015, through the Ministry of Education, by the forum of representatives of the Leading Committee of Democratic Education Movement, the National Network for Education Reform, the Government and Parliament.
The KNU has been fighting for determination and autonomy in one of the world’s longest civil wars. Following Myanmar's independence from the British in 1948, the Karen National Defence Organization (KNDO) was formed to fight against the central government. This name was later changed to the KNU.