Law Khee Lar, KNU Headquarters. The Karen National Union (KNU) held another public consultation with the Karen Community Based Organizations (KCBOs) today, August 31, 2015.
The public meeting was to inform and update the Karen community on the Peace Process, and the recent decision from the KNU Central Standing Committee to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, General Saw Baw Kyaw Heh, and KNU leaders attended this public meeting. More than ten Karen community organisations totaling over 100 people participated at this public consultation. During the face-to-face meeting between the Karen community and KNU leaders, community leaders were able to ask questions and share their hopes and concerns.
A community leader said, "Of course we fully support the Peace Process initiated by our KNU leaders. However, we are concerned about the sincerity from the government side. The Peace Process will decide our future political destiny, and we want to make sure that durable peace is built through mutual understating and compromising from both sides.” He continued and asked, “What I would like to know is what are the pros and cons of signing the NCA, and what are the consequences of not signing?"
P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo replied, "As one of the leaders of the KNU, I share your concerns and totally understand. However, I am confident on the Peace Process and I believe this is one of the great political opportunities that we should not miss. This Peace Process is not only for the KNU but also for all the Karen people.” He continued saying. “ We have many educated Karen and if they all participate and share their skills and expertise from their respective areas I am sure that the Karen people will achieve their political objectives."
P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo also called on the Karen people to unite and work together with a common purpose. He also encouraged the Karen people from inside and abroad to join the Karen struggle after the signing of NCA. Adding, “Since the KNU will be removed as an outlaw organisation, it will be free to function and mobilise the Karen community.”
The KNU will continue to hold further public consultations regarding the NCA and the Peace Process through the KNU's Organising and Information Department.