KNU and SPDC holding talk at Moulmein
DVB ( Feb 23-24 )
An 11 member strong team of Karen National Union (KNU) is
currently holding a second round of talks with representatives
of Burma’s military junta, State Peace and Development
Council (SPDC) at the capital of Mon State, Moulmein in southern
They are expected to discuss the withdrawals of Burmese troops
and the resettlement of internally displaced people in Karen
State. During the first round of talks in Rangoon, the two
sides agreed to a provisional ceasefire but there have been
reports of sporadic fighting.
According to KNU General Secretary Phado Mahn Sha, the two
sides are hoping to discuss the cessation of SPDC troops’
assaults on the KNU fighters during the current round of talks.
Meanwhile, United Nationalities League for Democracy (UNLD)
which is made up of ethnic national parties is planning to
meet with senior leaders on National League for Democracy
(NLD) to strengthen the ties between pro-democracy groups.
Many ethnic national and pro-democracy groups in Burma are
opposing the constitution drafting ‘National Convention’
proposed by the junta in accordance with its seven point ‘roadmap’
plan without holding a tripartite talk.