KNU says Burmese Government does not Want Real Political Dialogue

KNU says Burmese Government does not Want Real Political Dialogue

Thursday, August 9, 2012

According to the current chairman of the Karen National Union (KNU), Saw Tamla Baw, the Burmese government does not intend to hold real political dialogue with armed ethnic groups, despite saying it is trying to attain peace in the country.

Saw Tamla Baw, who is the chairman of KNU
(Photo: KIC)

In a statement released for the 62rd Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day on August 12, Saw Tamla Baw stated, “Though it is said to be building peace with the armed ethnic nationality forces, it is my analysis that, in practice, the government is conducting dialogue with emphasis only on business matters rather than dialogue towards political peace.”

The KNU will hold the Martyrs’ Day event to commemorate the founder of the KNU and its former president, Saw Ba U Gyi, and many Karen comrades who died in the struggle for Karen people’s self-determination and national equality.

The KNU vows to continue following Saw Ba U Gyi’s four principles to never surrender, achieve recognition for Karen State, retain their arms, and determine their own political destiny.

“There is no doubt [the government’s objective] will be the opposite of the peace our Karen people want, but will be the peace [the government] wants to give our people,” said Saw Tamla Baw.

He continued that the fighting in Burma between the government and the ethnic people, including Karen, is based on politics, and as such, must be resolved through political dialogue.

“Though the Karen people’s revolutionary resistance has lasted for 63 years, we have not reached the goal we desire and are still a national liberation movement. We have learned bitter lessons a number of times in our national liberation movement because of the sowing of divisions and discords by various [people].”

The KNU chairman said that the current government, elected in 2010 and founded on the 2008 constitution, has made political reforms. But, he asserts their motives are to impress the international community.

For the first time in 63 years of armed struggle, the KNU signed a peace agreement with the Burmese government on January 12, 2012. KNU leaders are holding a third peace talk in Pa-an Township on August 27, and said they will continue to push for peace through political talks with the government.


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