The Karen National Union Central Standing Committee fourth emergency meeting was held successfully from April 20 to 25, at Lay Wah, KNU Headquarters. 42 out of 50 Central Standing Committee members attended the emergency meeting including all of the KNU Central Executive Committee members.
The meeting reviewed and discussed the decisions that were adopted in the previous KNU CSC third regular meeting on February 3 to 7, 2015. They analysed and reviewed the single text Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement approved final draft that was finalised by the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team and Union Peace-making Work Committee on their seventh round of negotiations on the 31 March 2015. Additionally, members selected three representatives and five observers to attend the Pang Sang Ethnic Armed Organisations' Summit scheduled to be held in United Wa State Army (UWSA) administrated area on 1 May 2015.
After carefully reviewing and analysing the single text Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement final draft document word by word, paragraph by paragraph and chapter by chapter, the Karen National Union Central Standing Committee reached the unanimous decision to approve this final draft with seven point recommendations. The seven point recommendations will be brought forward for discussion at the upcoming Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team Members' Summit. The Summit will be held during the middle of May although the location and date is yet to be confirmed. The KNU CSC agreed that they will follow the final decision that will be made in the upcoming NCCT Members' Leaders Summit and whether all of their seven point recommendations are adopted or not.
The KNU CSC also carefully analysed the current political situations and concluded that the peace process is the best approach to achieve durable peace and the Karen political destiny. Mutual understanding among themselves and how to best work together to achieve their goals was gained during the meeting.
In his closing speech, KNU Chairperson stated "We have faced many challenges during the peace process. Many people outside our organisation criticised and finger-pointed to us. However, because of our strong leadership, sincerity, endeavours and commitment to political solution, we can move forward together stronger and more united. There are no better solutions than political dialogue to resolve our political problems”.
The Central Standing Committee fourth emergency meeting concluded with the Karen National Anthem, following with the KNU Vice-Chairperson shaking hands with the Chairman. A moment later, the CSC members one by one came up to the front and to shake hands with the Chairman, Vice-Chair and the three Secretaries. As Publilius Syrus said "Where there is unity there is always victory".
Lay Wah, KNU Headquarters
25 April 2015