The Karen National Union will meet next month to decide its status with the United Nationalities Federal Council, KNU general secretary Padoh Kwe Htoo Win told Mizzima on September 2.
The Karen National Union issued a press release on September 1 announcing its choice to temporarily suspend its participation in the activities of the Union Nationalities Federal Council until the KNU’s central standing committee makes a more permanent decision on its continued participation in the coalition of armed ethnic groups.
A conference will be held in May 2015 to confirm the validity of census data collected on ethnicity, the secretary of the Central Census Commission, U Myint Kyaing told Mizzima on August 31.
The Union Nationalities Federal Council, a coalition of ethnic armed organisations,announced on August 30 a partnership between themand civil society organisations including the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society movement.
Members of the Karen National Union party have walked out of meetings in with the Union Nationalities Federal Council in Chiang Mai that began on August 25 and were scheduled to end on September 1.