Founded: 31 Jan. 2007
Headquarters: Tokawko, Kawkareik Township, Karen state
Operational Area: Tokawko village, Kawkareik Township, and Mae Hla Hta village in Hlaing Bwe Township, Karen state
The KNU/KNLA Peace Council was formed after the former KNLA brigade 7 commander Maj.
Gen. Saw Htay Maung was dismissed by the KNU for initiating peace talks with the Myanmar
army without the approval of the KNU central committee in 2007. Maj. Gen. Saw Htay Maung
signed a peace deal with the Myanmar junta on January 31 that year and transformed his
brigade 7 into the KNU/KNLA Peace Council.
Leader: Maj. Gen. Saw Htay Maung (also known as Maj. Gen. Saw Htein Maung)
Foreign Affairs Dept: Dr.Timothy Laklem
CEC member: Brig. Gen. Yin Nu
The KNU/KNLA Peace Council’s aim and determination is:
- To stop all kinds of military offenses against the Karen including stopping atrocities, forced labor and any form of human right abuse.
- To regain the Karen land.
- To solve the refugees and IDP problem by allowing refugees to return to their homeland to live peacefully under the care of the KNU/KNLA Peace Council (not under Burmese military). Allowing UNHCR, NGOs and other aid agencies to have access to take care of rebuilding the Karen community.
- To allow Karen to cultivate our own land and utilizing our own natural resources to develop the Karen state. That includes infrastructure, farming, tourism, fisheries, import /export trade, schools, hospitals, medical care etc.
- To allow Karen to freely practice religious and cultural celebrations including Karen National Day, Martyrs Day, Karen New Year etc.
- To hold the legal right to have our own arms and set up our own Karen army forces to protect the safety and peaceful living of our own people. Recognition of both the Karen National Flag and Military Flag.
- To support non-violent activity that will bring political change to Democracy and the Karen to hold the right to develop our own Democratic society within our own State as well as Burma as a whole.
Ceasefire & Peace Process
9th ceasefire signing group.
Stage 1: State level ceasefire 7 Feb 2012
Stage 2: NCA signed 15 October 2015
Previous ceasefire: 11 Feb 2017
Official delegation team: Saw Htay Maung
Dr. Timothy Laklem, Saw Yin Nu, Dr. Naw Ka Paw Htoo, Saw Eh Kaw Htoo, Saw Joseph
Dr. Saw Aung Than, Naw Karen Na
Official delegation team
Saw Htay Maung, Dr. Timothy Laklem, Saw Ray Nu, Dr. Naw Ka Paw Htoo, Saw Eh Kaw Htoo, Saw Joseph, Dr. Saw Aung Than, Naw Karen Ma
2. Paya Thone Sue
Alliances: Karen armed groups
|| Armed Group Rep
|| Govt Rep
||Signed State level 7-point ceasefire
KPC delegates: central committee members Dr Timothy, U Saw Yin Nu, Dr Naw Kapaw Htoo, U Saw El Kaw Htoo, U Saw Joseph, Rev Dr Saw Aung Than Hnit and Naw Kharin Nar
Govt Delegates: U Thein Zaw, Union Minister U Ohn Myint, Kayan Township Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Maung Maung Thein, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Zaw Win, Deputy Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo, Kayin state minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Aung Lwin, Lt-Col Zaw Naing Oo of the Commander-in-Chief’s Office, Director General U Htay Aung of Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and member of the peace negotiation team U Saw Khin Soe
||Pa-an, Karen state
||The government requested the KPC to become a political party and surrender arms, however the KPC rejected and will try to discuss the issues further.
||Brid Gen Saw Kyaw Lin (Brigade 1)
||Ohn Myint – State Minister Mon
||Mon prime minister Ohn Myint and KNU brigade 1 meet in thaton township for cooperation of rural and village development.
- Members of KNU/KNLA Peace Council are allowed to maintain a presence at Maela Hta and Tokawko village
- Travel across borders with weapons after mutual pre-negotiations
- Provide accommodation to “region peace and development troops”
- Continue to negotiate until a permanent peace deal has been reached.
- State will allow and render assistance for self-reliant undertakings for quickly fulfilling the basic needs, education, health, transport, water and electricity supply in the area for resettlement of national races that are residing in another country and render assistance for self-reliance
- to cease of military operations in the region
- more development of border trade and regional infrastructure
- more exploration and trade licences for timber and mineral extraction to avoid exploitation from Thailand
Aug 17, 2015 – KNU, DKBA, KNU/KNLA Peace Council, and RCSS released a joint statement on signing the NCA
Oct 13, 2014 – KAF Agreement in Burmese
Oct 13, 2014 – KAF Statement in Burmese
Oct 13, 2014 – KAF Statement in English
Sep 17, 2014 – KNU peace council statement
Sep 14, 2014 – Myanmar army order knu peace council
Jun 09, 2014 – Clarification statement of KPC on Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung’s speech
Feb 10, 2012 – KNU/KNLA Peace council letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Apr 28, 2010 – KNU/KNLA Peace Council request all levels of the government to work them for a prosperous future
Apr 07, 2010 – KNU/KNLA Peace Council’s Response To 22nd April Deadline Of Merger With Burma Army
Apr 04, 2010 – Reasons for refusing Border Guard force (BGF)
10/02/2012 KNU/KNLA Peace Council met with Aung San Suu Kyi
10/03/2012 KNU/KNLA Peace Council met with Maj. Saw Hla Ngwe, joint secretary of the KNU