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KNU Leader Says the KNU-SPDC Cease-fire Talks will Resume in March - 2004-02-27


Karen National Union leader General Saw Bo Mya said the KNU delegation that began its second round of official cease-fire talks on Monday (February 23) cut short the meeting and returned to Mae Sot, Thailand, on Wednesday (February 25) on account of what he called "a problem resulting from an unfortunate incident of KNU Third Brigade troops' attack on a Burma army outpost near Moulmein in southern Burma."

He told VOA Burmese Service that Burmese Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt sent word through an emissary -- Colonel San Pwint of the Ministry of Defense -- that he was sorry that such an attack occurred when he was trying very hard for best results out of the cease-fire talks.

General Mya said he was also equally sad about this untoward incident.

The KNU Vice-Chairman and Commander-in-Chief said he would return many kinds of weapons his troops had brought back from the Burma army arsenal during the attack.

He also said a fresh round of cease-fire talks is slated to begin in the last week of March.

On the strength of his good personal relationship with the Burmese Prime Minister, General Mya said he would ask the military government to release over a hundred KNU members in Burmese prisons as well as Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest when he meets General Khin Nyunt again.

The KNU leader said the military government leader the late General Saw Maung failed to honor his promise to hand over power when Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the national elections in 1990.

He also talked about a letter of condemnation sent to him by Myainggyingu Sayadaw, leader of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Association --the rival splinter group and an ally of the military government. He said the Burmese Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt assured him through the emissary that this matter would be handled appropriately.

KNU rebel leader also said if the Burmese military leaders really brings about a genuine peace in Burma, he would use all his influence and power to stop any attempt to prosecute the Burmese military government leaders for its excesses.

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