Friday, September 7, 2012

KNU asks gov’t to move military bases

Friday, 07 September 2012 14:20 Hintha Ni

(Mizzima) - The Karen National Union (KNU) has called on the Burmese government to move 90 out of around 300 military bases from the area controlled by the KNU in Karen State.

The Karen National Union and government peacemaking teams during the third round of talks. Photo: Karen News

The KNU wants the military bases moved from the areas controlled by the KNU in Taungoo, Nyaunglaypin, Kawkareik, Hpaan, Myeik and Tavoy (Dawei) districts to other areas.

KNU Vice Chairman David Tharc Kapaw said, “They could not decide immediately. They have to submit it to their superior officers.”

The Burmese troops are located near villages or the roads used by civilians, said officials. Moving the troops would ease the life of villagers, David Tharc Kapaw told Mizzima.

The KNU also urged the government to clear landmines laid near the government’s military bases.

The union-level peace talks between the KNU and the government were held at the Zwekabin Hotel in Hpaan, Karen State, from Monday to Wednesday.

“If they agree to move their military bases, it’ll be complete soon. It’ll take about one or two weeks,” said David Tharc Kapaw.

On January 12, the KNU and the Karen State government signed a cease-fire agreement.

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