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Karen group forms political wing

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is aiming to engage with Burma’s parliament in the near future.

The group, commonly known as the DKBA-Klohtoobaw, has formed a political wing- the Klohtoobaw Karen Organisation (KKO).

The new political entity will be headed by Mahn Robertson, son of late Karen leader Mahn Bazan, while major general Saw Moshe was appointed as the vice chairman and Saw Gon Aung as the secretary.

Saw Lon Lon, who was appointed joint-secretary-2 of the KKO, said: “We are forming the KKO to prepare for talks with the parliament when the time comes.”

Formation of the KKO was approved yesterday during a public ceremony in DKBA’s headquarters in Sonsemyaing village in Karen State’s Myawaddy District. Influential religious, political figures and the public attended the event.

The DKBA-Klohtoobaw broke away from the Karen National Union (KNU) in 1994 and sided with the government. However, the group began fighting the Burmese Army in 2010 after refusing to transform into a Border Guard Force unit as proposed by the State Peace and Development Council.

Earlier this year, the group agreed to hold peace talks with the government and established a tentative truce.

The DKBA and its former mother group the KNU have held talks and agreed to unite during future negotiations with the government.


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