12 April 2019
The National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) and the Karen National Union (KNU) held a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
NRPC member Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo delivered an opening speech saying that following the simultaneous announcements by KNU and RCSS after October 2018, the peace discussions were temporarily suspended.
During this period, NRPC and KNU had held six informal meetings so that the peace process was not suspended. Due to those efforts and thanks to all who had strived toward this, no big conflicts arose during the time when the peace process was suspended.
He stressed that it was usual for a peace journey to have lows and highs and rises and dips. The main point was for the participants to have a strong political and personal wills toward establishing peace.
KNU General Secretary Pado Saw Tado Moo also said that the aim of coming over for an informal meeting was to discuss how to overcome the differences. Even though it was an informal meeting, discussions should be open and free based on country, situation and political culture.
Only then a solution could be sought towards how to go on. He also reiterated that KNU had firmly resolved to carry on as stated in the NCA, and cherish and value the achievements of the NCA as well as the result of the existing political culture.
He pledged to work towards completion of matters outlined in the NCA, with equality, mutual respect, a new political culture of thorough discussion and negotiation without using force.
It was followed by the explaination about the implementation of the NCA for eternal peace in the country, establishing of pre and post 2020 peace process works of NRPC, overcoming difficulties, establishing a union based on the NCA, deep differences between organizations, setting up of future work processes and work processes of KNU for arriving at sustainable peace.