STATEMENT FOR (DKBA)-The Karen Monk Union of Thai Burma Border

The Karen Monk Union of Thai Burma Border
Date: 11-06-2009
1. Around the world may aware that from the first of week of June, 2009 up to now, DKBA, under the pressure of SPDC, has started a major operation intensively with many kinds of weapons to our mother territory of KNU, Brigade 7, Pa-an District.

2. We do believe that this is actually a kind of genocide to all our karen to fight against each other that the military Junta always try to uproot to all of us intentionally.

3. As a result, the two sides of many soldiers were killed and many were deadly injured. Even now thousands of innocent villagers were displaced and moved along to the Thai Burma border in great deal of troubles, insufficient foods, settle, help and so on. This is nothing but military Junta to achieve obviously such a great deal of benefits.

4. Even though the different views, the different opinions we have; traditionally, culturally, naturally we are the same purpose for free and fair of our karen people identically.

5. Therefore, we strongly request to DKBA that you should backward to stop the fire immediately in order to the good of all our people as the same feature of us. If you still ignore these bad conditions, we’re surely there won’t be any good result for our people but the military Junta.

The Karen Monk Union
Thai Burma Border

Myanmar rejects EU concern over ethnic rebels

(YANGON) – Myanmar’s ruling junta “categorically rejects” European Union concerns over a growing offensive against Karen rebels which has forced civilians to flee to Thailand, state media said Sunday.

The criticism, which came in a statement by the Czech EU presidency on Thursday, was politically motivated, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted the military regime’s foreign ministry as saying.

More than 3,000 people have fled to Thailand to escape the Myanmar army’s latest push against camps of the Karen National Union (KNU), a guerrilla group that has fought the government for autonomy since 1949.

The foreign ministry statement said Myanmar was “disappointed with the politically motivated declaration of the EU presidency which was released without a thorough study of Myanmar’s insurgency problem”.

“Therefore, the ministry categorically rejects the factually incorrect declaration made by the EU presidency relying on inaccurate information originated from the insurgent groups and biased media reports,” it said.

Much of the information on the exodus of Karen from eastern Myanmar has come from exiled activists, although the Thai military has confirmed that at least 3,000 have fled to the kingdom.

The EU presidency “noted with serious concern the mounting offensive of the Burmese Army…. which has resulted in large numbers of civilians fleeing from the conflict area”, it said in its statement.

It called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the Myanmar military to respect human rights laws. Continue reading “Myanmar rejects EU concern over ethnic rebels”