“In an attempt to diffuse tensions, our negotiation team will be prepared for talks with Tatmadaw counterparts in Bago on 29-30 March.”
Although the cessation of international aid had been projected 18 months ago, the KNU has appealed for international groups to continue funding until peace prevails in the region.
The concerns of ethnic Karen refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) were raised on Tuesday, World Refugee Day, over the lack of a clear plan for the return and reintegration of those going back to their homelands.
IDPs at E Htu Hta camp are calling for the withdrawal of Burmese military forces from the area, as well as a campaign to clear landmines.
The Karen NGO describes the recent surge in fighting as “part of a calculated military strategy” by the Burmese army and its allies, the Karen Border Guard Force.
Nearly 9000 people in northern Karen state facing major food shortage as a result of abnormal weather and Burmese army attacks