Karen National Liberation Army (Peace Council)
Founded: 31 Jan. 2007
The KNU/KNLA Peace Council was formed after the former KNLA brigade 7 commander Maj.
The Karen National Liberation Army (Peace Council ) KNU/KNLA PC was formed under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Saw Htein Maung after he was expelled from the KNU Central Committee for initiating peace talks with the military government without KNU approval. The group signed a ceasefire agreement with the military government in early February 2007. In February 2012, the group signed peace agreements at the state and union levels with the junta, and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) under U Thein Sein administration on October 15th, 2015, and participated in the peace process in Myanmar under the NCA.
By participating in the reunification conference of the Kayin armed forces in 2016, the KPC agreed to remain under the political guidance of the KNU central committee. In January 2018, an announcement by the Tatmadaw that the KPC was trading weapons for peace caused a rift between the Tatmadaw and the KPC during the peace process.
After General Saw Htein Maung passed away on May 3rd, 2020, Vice Chairman General Saw Htaw Lay was elected chairman and continued to lead the KPC.
General Saw Htaw Lay said on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the Peace Council that there were obstacles and challenges in the current peace and political dialogues and that the lack of full participation of all ethnic armed groups in the NCA was also a major challenge.
The KNU/KNLA Peace Council’s aim and determination are:
Ceasefire & Peace Process
9th ceasefire signing group.
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
Alliances: Karen armed groups
|#||Date||Location||Armed Group Rep||Govt Rep||Details|
|1||07/02/2012||Naypyidaw||Htay Maung||Aung Thaung||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
|2||21/1/2013||Pa-an, Karen state||Htay Maung||Aung Min||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.|
|3||27/1/2014||Thaton township||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.|
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
Feb 10, 2012 – KNU/KNLA Peace council letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
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