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 first Congress of United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) started on August 25th and concluded on September 2, 2014 as 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 P'doh Saw Tah Doh Moo, CSC members P'doh Saw Hla Tun and P'doh Saw Lay Law Hsaw travelled to Hpa-an on 3 September 2014, to inform community and religious leaders about the KNU's temporary suspension of its membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).
On the evening of the 22 September 2014, KNU leaders met with Karen Community Leaders at Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC), Judson Hall, Pyay Road, Rangoon. The event organised by the Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC) met with the KNU delegation to discuss the reasons for the KNU’s recent suspension from United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).
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.