Karen Peace Support Team
No.410, 3rd Street(South), East Gyo Gone, Insein Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Founded: 8 April 2012
Myanmar has been suffering from civil war since when its independence in 1948. Thousands of lives have been lost because of the war and many have fled to neighboring countries as refugees or continue to hide in the jungle as IDPs. Due to dictatorship and protracted conflict, Myanmar has become a least developed country since 1987 and many continue to live under the poverty line. The country faces many challenges in socio-economic issues and civil participation.
Recently, many opposition armed groups have engaged in ceasefire talks with the central government. Despite this glimmer of hope and exciting developments, the intense fighting continues unabated in Northern Myanmar, Kachin state.
Many individuals and civil society groups are eager to help the peace process but are limited by financial constraints, lack of human resources and lack of transparency on the peace process.
KPST’s Role in Peace Negotiation
|1||Honorary Moderator||Prof. Saw Tun Aung Chain - Independent|
|2||Coordinator||Rev. Matthew Aye- Karen Development Network|
|3||Co-Coordinator||Nant Khin Aye Oo ( Cum treasurer ) – Karen Development Committee|
|4||Co-Coordinator||Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe – Karen Women’s Action Group|
|5||Member||Saw True Blood - Independent|
|6||Member||Saw Kenneth Wai Thaw - Independent|
|7||Member||Saw Alan Saw U - Independent|
|8||Member||Mahn Kyaw Nyunt - Independent|
|9||Member||Saw Kyaw Swar - Karen Affairs|
|10||Member||Nan Myint Tin – Karen Affairs Committee Information|
|11||Disseminator||Nyaw Nyaw (secretarial support) – Independent|
- Coordinator: responsible for the overall management and organizing as well as coordination for the Karen Peace Support Team ( KPST).
- Co-coordinator: supports the coordinator in organizing and coordinating the KPST.
- Program Secretary: responsible for logistics and administration to both organize and implement KPST’s programs.
- Treasurer: responsible for the finance and accounting of KPST’s expenses.
- Team Member Organizations & Individuals: KPST currently involves 5 Karen Organizations and 5 individuals assigned to responsibilities related to their expertise.
KPST involvement in the peace talks
Following the the Myanmar President’s call for peace and many opposition groups on 18 August 2011, the KPST conducted several peace forums, special talks and events with the Karen community in Yangon, Delta area and Karen state. During the peace process, KPST supported the peace negotiation with logistics support, facilitation of meetings with community and participated in peace negotiation as observers.
Aug 18, 2011 – President Thein Sein call for peace (1/11)
Nov 2011 – KNU requested individuals and organizations for the suggestion on peace process ( >100 suggestions received)
Nov-Dec 2011 – KWAG conducted a survey and get back to KNU
Jan 12, 2012 – KNU & central government had preliminary meeting for the peace process
Feb 2012 – Karen new crop celebration in Pa-An ( KAC forming ), Religious leaders conference
Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2012 : Karen worldwide conference
Mar 5-6, 2012 – Meeting between KCSOs and KNU leaders
Mar 7-8, 2012 – Meeting between inside/outside KCSOs
Mar 18, 2012 – KCSOs meeting with Rail minister
Mar-Apr, 2012 – Preparation for KNU & Central government peace talk, including a meeting with the international Karen community and Karen SCOs in Mae Sot.
Apr 5-11, 2012 – KNU peace trip to Pa-An, Yangon, Nay Pyi Daw, Kyauk Kyi, Dawei