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Subject: Burmanet News September 4, 1995
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** Topic: Burmanet News September 4, 1995 **
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From: BurmaNet <burmanet>
New Karen Leadership Targets Talks with SLORC
By Yindee Lertcharoenchok, in BurmaNet News, Issue #215
4 September 1995
September 3, 1995
KAREN guerrilla forces ended their long-awaited congress on
Friday with the election of a new leadership under Gen Bo Mya to
guide the embattled ethnic group towards peace-negotiations with
Burma's military junta.
Sixth Brigade Commander Gen Shwe Saing, who had been expected to
succeed Bo Mya as president of the Karen National Union (KNU),
was elected his deputy, while Gen Oliver remains as KNU Fourth
Saw Ba Thin retains his position as general secretary, while Bo
Mya's personal secretary, Mahn Sar Lar Pan, was elected first
joint general secretary. Tu Tu Lay, former head of the justice
department, was elected second joint general secretary.
Gen Tamalabaw, who replaced Bo Mya as chief of staff after the
KNU lost its headquarters early this year, was re-elected to the
In an interview late on Friday night, Arthur Shwe, the new head
of the foreign affairs department, said the Karen Congress had
elected a new 55-member Standing Committee, 35 of whom are
Central Committee members. The other 20 young leaders are
candidates for the Central Committee.
Eleven Standing Committee members were elected to form a Central
Executive Committee to carry out day-to-day work.
He said the KNU had scrapped its Cabinet system but retained a
party leadership as the group is running short of personnel to
take care of daily operational activities.
According to a KNU press statement, the 11th Karen Congress
which ran from Aug 21-31 was attended by 106 KNU representatives
and 79 observers from civil and military establishments from all
the provinces in Burma's southeastern Karen state.
The statement said the group would "continue to uphold its stand
of endeavouring for dialogue between the KNU and Slorc towards
the establishment of genuine and lasting peace in the country."
Slorc stands for the State Law and Order Restoration Council,
which seized power in a bloody coup in September 1988.
Shwe rejected as rumours press reports that Bo Mya would this
month lead a KNU delegation to sign a ceasefire agreement with
the Slorc in Pa-an. He said neither side has initiated any talks
although the ethnic group appointed a five-member negotiation team
about two years ago.
The foreign affairs chief said he believed the rumours were
spread by the Slorc, which has no genuine desire to hold talks
with the KNU now that the group has been weakened by its loss of
Although the Burmese army has not launched any offensives against
other KNU bases for the time being, Shwe said the group must
still wait until after the monsoon season to see whether Slorc
wants to open any dialogues.
Shwe said he had heard that the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
had handed over Padoh Mahn Yin Sein, a senior civilian KNU leader
who was kidnapped in February from a Thai refugee village in
northern Mae Sot district, to the Slorc and recommended that he
be sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for his refusal to join