The Karen National Union Central Standing Committee fifth emergency meeting was successfully held from August 14 to 15, at Lay Wah, KNU Headquarters. Forty-four Central Standing Committee members (out of 50) attended the emergency meeting including KNU Chairperson General Saw Mutu Sae Poe, Vice-Chairperson P’doh Naw Zipporah Sein, General Commanding Officer General Saw Johnny and Vice Chief of Staff General Saw Baw Kyaw Heh.
The emergency meeting discussed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), current political situation, and reviewed KNU activities.
P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, KNU General Secretary, spoke to the media following the meeting saying, "First, we discussed and analysed the meeting results from the 9th round of negotiation talks between Ethnics' Senior Delegation and government's UPWC. We accepted and approved the result from that meeting after thoroughly discussing the matter. The KNU decided to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement together with other ethnic armed organisations. Currently, this is the only way that will bring us to the political dialogue." He continued, "This NCA is not only related to the ceasefire and military matters but also includes political dialogue. Through the political dialogue, we hope to resolve our political conflicts, amend the current constitution, and build a federal democratic union."
He also talked about the ethnics demand to include all the ethnic armed organisations in the signing of the NCA. "Even we want every organisation to sign the NCA, I understand that some organisations, for some reasons, cannot sign right now. We will seek ways for them to gain some recommendation politically and militarily so that they participate at the political dialogue, and they receive humanitarian assistance for their civilians. The KNU will find solutions to include them along the peace process journey."
The KNU CSC also carefully analysed the political situation and concluded that the peace process is the best approach to achieve durable peace and Karen political destiny. Mutual understanding among themselves and how to best work together to achieve their goals was gained during the meeting.
The ethnic armed organisations will meet one last time in the middle of this month before their senior leaders travel to Naypyidaw to meet with President U Thein Sein and Commander in Chief Min Aung Hliang. Dates for both meetings have not been confirmed.
Lay Wah, KNU Headquarters
15 August 2015