The government has not replied yet on the demand of the KNPP (Karenni National Progressive Party) for moving the government’s (no. 14) military training school in Hpruso Township in Kayah to other place, according to KNPP’s vice president, Khu Oo Reh.
“This land is confiscated land by the government. The government said that this land is vacant land. Therefore there is no more land for villagers to do growing. That is why we have to demand to the government moving out from this land. But the government gave a reason that they have already built their building and it used a lot of budget that was not possible to remove,” he said.
Therefore the KNPP gave a suggestion again to change this building for the mass benefit (profession school) or other educated school. But the government has not given any response yet.
The government confiscated a lot of land acres to build this military training school. The people did a referendum, prayer and demonstration in order to oppose in building of the military training school.
“This military training school is located in the middle of people’s growing area. It becomes to give back compensation to the land owner when the people knew significantly about the government used their power that is not unfair. Therefore the government gave compensation (50,000 kyats) for one acre. The people didn’t agree with that amount money,” Khu Oo Reh said.
However the authorities in these areas tried to pay the compensation, but it was very few of money if calculation with current price.
The government confiscated the land areas more than they need for building the military training school that was not unfairly, he said.
The government peace making group and the KNPP have already met officially at union level (2 times), state level (1 time) and off the record meeting (3 times).
There were three times the KNPP presented about the issue of military training school in every meeting with the government but until now the responding from the government has not come yet.
Finally, in the meeting of 2nd union level on 19th and 20th of June, they still have not got agreement for resettlement of troops and military affair.
The KNPP signed ceasefire agreement with the government on 7th of March, 2012. However they got totally over 20 points of agreement but there have no for resettlement of troops until now.