KNU, Mongla call for diplomacy, not war

Ethnic armed groups Karen National Union (KNU) and the Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS) on Monday released a joint-statement stressing a need for bilateral peace negotiations “with equality and mutual respect” between the Burmese government and armed groups aimed at resolving ethnic issues. A KNU delegation, recently touring northern Shan State, also released a similar joint-statement with the United Wa State Army on 26 April calling for peaceful political solutions to end the long-running civil conflict.