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.