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".
Felicitation to Teachers' Day
To all leaders, teachers, parents, and young people – First of all, let us say – may unity be ours; and may we all be free from adversaries and may we all prosper".
To all leaders, teachers, parents, and young people – Today I really appreciate having the opportunity to write this felicitation and send our best wishes. Today indeed is Global Teachers' Day. Today is a very happy day for all the teachers around the world, and the day that all teachers have to remember their commitment. All leaders, parents and young people are happy today. At the same time, we all have to remember the commitment of teachers for the education of young people. Today is the day that everyone around the world appreciates the contribution of teachers for young future leaders.
The sixth official round of Nationwide Ceasefire negotiation talks, between the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC), concluded this afternoon after five days of meetings in Rangoon from September 22-26, 2014.
On the morning of the 28 September 2014, KNU leaders met with Karen Community Leaders at Gya Tawya Monastery, Hpa-an. The event was organised by the Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC). The KNU delegation met with Karen Community Leaders to explain the reasons for the KNU’s recent suspension from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and to update the current Peace Process.
Representatives of Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC) and 61 Political Parties met for the second time to discuss the current Peace Process in Burma. The tripartite dialogue was jointly organized by NCCT and UPWC at Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) from 9 am until 4 pm on the 27 September 2014.
1. The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Karen National Defence Organisation (KNDO) are the Karen Revolutionary Armed Organisations that fully accept the political leadership of the Karen National Union.