KNU to control base army to uphold ceasefire


KNU to control base army to uphold ceasefire

Mizzima News, 31 Aug 2013

The Karen National Union (KNU) Commanders’ Conference has decided on August 29, to keep their army under control and uphold ceasefire with the government during the peace reform period.

The mid-yearly conference was held at the KNU headquarter in Hlaing Bwae township, Karen state from August 26-29.

“In order to preserve the ceasefire agreement and ensure peace, we have given specific orders to our base army commanders. They will have to follow them. In addition the government should not encroach on KNU controlled territories for administration and state military activities”, one of the conference delegates told Mizzima.

KNU commanders reported at the conference that after the ceasefire agreement the government army has increased their military and administrative activities in KNU controlled territory and restricted KNU activities.

“We signed the ceasefire agreement as we wanted to enter into political dialogues. They have not withdrawn their army camps which is one of our demands”, said a KNU commander.