KNU/KNLA Peace Council

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Founded: January 31, 2007

Headquarters: Nawtiyah City, Tokawko, Kawkareik Township, Karen state

Operational Area: Tokawko village, Kawkareik Township, and Mae Hla Hta village in Hlaing Bwe Township, Karen state

Strength: <200

Leader: Brig-Gen. Htay Maung (also known as Brig-Gen Htein Maung)

The KNU/KNLA Peace Council was started after the former KNLA brigade 7 commander Brig-Gen Htay Maung was dismissed by the KNU for initiating peace talks with the Myanmar army without the approval of the KNU central committee in 2007.

Brig-Gen Htay Maung formed the KNU/KNLA Peace Council with his brigade 7 on January 31 the same year. He declared that a peace deal has been struck with the Myanmar junta and went back to Tokawko village in Kawkareik Township, Karen state.

The KNU/KNLA Peace Council's purpose and goal is for the benefit of all Karen.

CEC members:Five

  • Chairman: Saw Htay Maung aka Saw Htein Maung
  • Foreign Affairs Department: Dr.Timothy Laklem

The KNU/KNLA Peace Council's aim and determination is:

  1. To stop all kinds of military offenses against the Karen including stopping atrocities, forced labor and any form of human right abuse.
  2. To regain the Karen land.
  3. To solve the refugees and IDP problem by allowing refugees to return to their homeland to live peacefully under the care of the KNU/KNLA Peace Council (not under Burmese military). Allowing UNHCR, NGOs and other aid agencies to have access to take care of rebuilding the Karen community.
  4. To allow Karen to cultivate our own land and utilizing our own natural resources to develop the Karen state. That includes infrastructure, farming, tourism, fisheries, import /export trade, schools, hospitals, medical care etc.
  5. To allow Karen to freely practice religious and cultural celebrations including Karen National Day, Martyrs Day, Karen New Year etc.
  6. To hold the legal right to have our own arms and set up our own Karen army forces to protect the safety and peaceful living of our own people. Recognition of both the Karen National Flag and Military Flag.
  7. To support non-violent activity that will bring political change to Democracy and the Karen to hold the right to develop our own Democratic society within our own State as well as Burma as a whole.

Peace Process

New Ceasefire: February 7, 2012

9th militia group to sign ceasefire with the new government

Stage 1: State level peace talks

Previous ceasefire: February 11, 2007

Official delegation team

Saw Htay Maung, Dr. Timothy Laklem, Saw Ray Nu, Dr. Naw Ka Paw Htoo, Saw Eh Kaw Htoo, Saw Joseph, Dr. Saw Aung Than, Naw Karen Ma

Liaison offices

Myawaddy, Paya Thone Sue, Kawkareik, Mawtaung and Kawthoung

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