“Because of the current law, Kayah State does not even have a Kayan Ethnic Affairs Minister. But Shan State does.”
Eumeralla and its local partner Myanmar Energy Resources Group are seeking to explore a 400km-square area in Karenni State.
Locals in Demoso say the KNPP imposes an annual tax of about 5,000 kyat per household, and that they were given a 10 October deadline to pay up.
Twenty eight people have now been confirmed dead as a result of a disastrous landslide in eastern Burma on Sunday.
The leadership of Burma’s main opposition party has ordered a ban on its candidates from speaking to the media for at least the next three weeks.
“When you are in Karenni State, it is impossible to forget the fact that we live in a union,” said Suu Kyi, referring to the region’s multi-ethnic make-up.