In 1998 The KNU Central Committee initiated the formation of the Karen National Unity Seminar. They formed an organising committee for Karen National Seminar that was lead by P’doh Ba Thein Sein, P’doh Mahn Sha Lah Phan and P’doh David Taw.
The Unity Committee for Karen Armed Groups headed by GOC of KNLA General Jonny held its second meeting at Shwe Kokko Myaing on the 3rd September 2013.
Ethnic Karen constitutes around 10% of the total population of the Union of Burma/Myanmar, depending on the source of data being referred to. In terms of geographical distribution, Karen people reside in significant numbers in 2 States (Karen and Mon) and 4 Regions (Ayeyarwady, Yangon, Bago and Tanintharyi) out of 7 States and 7 administrative Regions.
Temporarily suspension of participation from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)
Effective Sunday, 31 August 2014, the Karen National Union (KNU) has temporarily suspended its participation in the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC). The KNU Central Standing Committee will determine whether or not the KNU will withdraw from UNFC. Until this decision is final, KNU will not participate in UNFC meetings, activities, or decision-making events".
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) delegation led by Team Leader Nai Han Thar, Deputy Team Leader One P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, and Deputy Team Leader Two General Gun Maw arrived in Rangoon on August 13, 2014 to hold another round of negotiation talks with Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC).
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) Members' Summit that started on July 25 in the headquarters of Kachin Independence Organization's Laiza successfully concluded today, solidifying a united ethnic cooperation for further negotiations with the Union government.
The first Congress of United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) started on August 25th and concluded on September 2, 2014 with the council postponed their meeting for two days in order to meet with democratic forces on August 29th and 30th.
September 5, 2014: The Karen National Union (KNU) team that included CEC member Saw Tah Doh Moo, CSC member P'doh Hla Tun and P'doh Saw Lay Law Hsaw travelled to Hpa-an on September 3, 2014 to inform the community and religious leaders about its temporary suspended its membership from United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).