After meeting with locals in Karen State capital Hpa-an on Monday, Karen National Union Vice-chairperson Zipporah Sein pledged that the construction of a cement factory proposed by Myanmar Jidong Cement Co will not go ahead without the approval of the local population. Read more: Chinese firm claims Hpa-an locals support cement factory project …
Myanmar Jidong Cement Company has countered claims that local communities in Karen State capital Hpa-an are opposed to their building a factory in the area, saying it has the support of the people and that the project will go ahead, pending approval.
Plans for a cement factory in Burma’s southeastern Karen State met with stark opposition from local communities on Monday.
Armed groups say they need more time to prepare for talks whilst assuring commitment to achieving “genuine nationwide ceasefire”. (PHOTO: Reuters)
A conference between Burma’s ethnic armed groups and government peace-making negotiators has been postponed until February, according to a member of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).
The next meeting of Burma’s ethnic armed groups will likely take place at Lay Wah, the headquarters of the KNU, around the third week of December, while ceasefire talks with the Burmese government look unlikely to be staged until January.