Thursday, May 3, 2012

Karen leaders to discuss peace talks in public program

Thursday, 03 May 2012 12:28 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – The Karen National Union’s peace negotiation team will discuss its ongoing negotiations with the Burmese government at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Bangkok on Thursday at 8 p.m. The public is invited.

Speakers include Naw Zipporah Sein, the general Secretary of the Karen National Union; Naw May Oo Mutraw, spokeswoman for the Karen National Union Peace Negotiation Team; and Saw Kwe Htoo Win, a member of the Karen National Union Peace Negotiation Team.

For decades, conflict between the Karen ethnic group and Burma’s army had appeared intractable. The hostilities have produced a litany of well-documented abuses: forced labor, destroying villages and the pervasive use of land mines among other abuses.

There is now hope, however, that the conflict could come to an end. A Karen National Union peacemaking team has just returned from high-profile meetings with President Thein Sein, as well as Aung San Suu Kyi that were designed to strengthen the cease-fire.

Ending the conflict could open a new chapter in the region, which is as strategically important. Karen State's natural resources, as well as its proximity to Thailand, could help accelerate economic development throughout th region.

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