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.
Joint Statement of the Union Peace-Making Working Committee And the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team
The Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC) delegation led by Vice Chairman and Union Minister U Aung Min held talks with the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) delegation led by Team Leader U Nai Hong Sar for three (3) days from 15-17 August 2014 at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon. The delegations continued negotiations towards a single-text draft of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Ethnic Armed Groups.
Minglabah. Let me give my best wishes to all the leaders of the Ethnic Nationality Armed Groups, representatives and observers attending this NCCT Members Summit, to be happy and healthy both physically and spiritually.
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).
I have followed closely the developments with respect to the peace process in Myanmar and my Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar has been keeping me informed of its progress. I fully share his faith in the commitment and determination that have guided the efforts of all the stakeholders in this process. The progress in negotiations during the past year and more has involved a wide variety of stakeholders.
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.