Wednesday, February 6, 2013

KIO chairman calls for a federal union

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:13 Nay Myo

Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) Chairman Zaung Khara said that his people “hope for and expect” the establishment of a federal union in Myanmar.

His speech was read out on February 5 in New Delhi at a thanksgiving ceremony to mark the 53rd anniversary of Kachin Revolution Day.

A Kachin Christian choir plays a violin symphony in honor of Kachin Revolution Day at a church in Vikaspuri in New Delhi on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. (Photo: Nay Myo / Mizzima)

“The right to self-determination and a federal union is impossible under the 2008 Constitution, therefore the political dialogue sought by the country’s ethnic nationalities must be conducted outside the boundaries of this Constitution,” the KIO chairman said.

Speaking to Mizzima on the sidelines of the three-hour prayer meeting, one of the organizers, Ja New, said that the Kachin people would do everything they could to achieve genuine peace and transform the country into a federal union.

“The ethnic Kachin people will exist forever in this revolutionary movement,” she said. “They will continue their march toward a federal union, which is something that is desired and expected by all ethnic peoples.”

A mass was held at the church and photos of Kachin war refugees were exhibited. The congregation then prayed for the souls of the fallen, for the victims of the war, and for the Kachin soldiers at the frontlines.

“We are happy to see peace talks between the KIO and the Burmese government,” said Ja New. “And we will be glad of a ceasefire in Kachin State. After that, the door for political dialogue is open. We see hope for peace in our state after hearing that there will be another round of peace talks in February.”

This ceremony was attended by members of the ethnic Chin community. A Kachin Christian choir played a violin symphony in honor of the occasion.

Other Kachin Revolution Day ceremonies were held in various places in Myanmar and abroad, including events at the KIO headquarters in Laiza and a ceremony in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The KIO and its armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army were formed on February 5, 1961.
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