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Second International Karen Youth Co

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Date:  December 27, 1997
Re:     The Second International Karen Youth Conference

The Second International Karen Youth Conference was successfully held in
Ottawa, Canada from December 22 to 26, 1997.  Representatives from the
following organizations were present at the conference.

American Karen Agency (AKA)
Karen Youth Organization- Australia
Karen Youth Organization- Canada
Karen Youth Organization- USA and 
Karen Student Network Group (KSNG) 

At the conference, the representatives resolutely agreed to establish a
unified body comprised of all Karens around the world.  The unified body shall
be called the Karen National League (KNL).  The fundamental aim of this
unified body is to contribute, as a leading international  Karen organization,
to the struggle of the Karen people for ethnic equality, freedom and
democracy. This includes: developing the consciousness of the solidarity
between ourselves; making our national struggles better known domestically and
internationally; and most importantly, fostering effective cooperation between
Karen people and with other democratic movements.