Karen State

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUP -

Some mem­bers of the Karen political com­mu­nity in the Yan­gon re­gion have crit­i­cised a pro­posal by some Karen National Union (KNU) lead­ers to post­pone the 16th KNU Congress.

The last KNU Congress was held four years ago and the 16th Congress was due to be held later this month. How­ever, dur­ing the last KNU Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing, which was held two weeks ago, some KNU lead­ers sub­mit­ted a pro­posal to post­pone the KNU Congress un­til af­ter the next Union Peace Con­fer­ence in Jan­uary.

Speak­ing to Karen News, Naw Ohn Hla, a Karen politi­cian, said “I see this as de­cep­tion against the Karen peo­ple. As far as I know, the congress has been held even dur­ing con­flict. The Peace [process] shouldn’t be used as a rea­son to post­pone [the congress] at a time like this. Who wants to post­pone it? Why? You can’t hide the [an­swers to these ques­tions] from the pub­lic in this age.”

The congress is ex­pected to be sus­pended for three to six months.

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