As leaders of ethnic armed organisations meet in Law Khee La, key figures at the meeting have emphasised the need for speed.
Burma’s ethnic leaders convened in Laiza, Kachin State, on Thursday for the next round of discussions on a nationwide ceasefire agreement, where they established a leading committee to oversee political aspects of the peace process.
A new report by ND-Burma has revealed more than 100 cases of human rights violations committed by the Burmese military in the second half of 2013 including torture, rape, extra-judicial killing, land grabs, unlawful arrests and detentions, arbitrary taxation and forced labour.
In his opening speech at today’s event, KNU Chairman Gen. Mutu Say Poe said that all the ethnic armed groups share one vision – building a federal union that can guarantee genuine peace.
KNU Chairman Mutu Say Poe pledges support for the peace process, while calling for all sides to desist from hostilities.
A delegation of representatives of the Karen National Union (KNU), led by Chairman Mutu Say Poe, met with Burmese President Thein Sein and military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on Sunday to discuss the ongoing effort to implement a nationwide ceasefire.