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KNU delegation back
KNU delegation back after the talk
The preliminary delegation of the Karen National Union (KNU) arrived back
at the KNU Headquarters
on February 24, 1996 after their meeting with the Slorc representatives,
according to the press statement
by the KNU Department of Information released on February 28, 1996.
The six-member delegation led by Mahn Sha Lar Phan left for Burma on
February 14 for commencing
substantive dialogue with the Slorc. Talks were held in Moulmein on the
15th and 16th of February. Col.
Thein Shwe, Col. Kyaw Thein, Col. Aung Thein, Lt. Col Maung Toe, Lt. Col
Myo Myint, Maj. Khin
Maung Kyi, Maj. Myo Myint and Maj. Thet Tin Sein represented the Slorc
delegation and U Khun
Myat, U A.Soe Myint, Saya Tun Aung Chein, Saya Henson Tardaw, Saya Mar
Gay Gyi and Saya Saw
Richard acted as mediators.
After the meeting in Moulmein, the KNU preliminary delegation had a
guided tour of Rangoon from
February 17 to 22 and also had an unofficial meeting with the Slorc
Secretary (1), Lt.Gen Khin Nyunt on
February 22, 1996.
According to the press release, the KNU proposed for suspension of
military activities during the
period of negotiation and discussed matters related to it. Further
discussions revealed that there were
differences between the positions of the KNU and the Slorc with regard to
the establishment of cease-
fire and genuine peace, it said.
For the further process of negotiation, the statement said, the KNU will
have to take time and hold
internal discussions and deliberation on a wider basis. No specific date
for the next round of talk was
unknown, but the KNU said KNU will resume talks with the Slorc at a
suitable time for the
establishment of national unity and genuine peace.
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