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The Karen National Union (KNU) is a democratic organisation respresenting the Karen people of Burma. Our goal is peace and prosperity in a democratic federal Burma.

President Gen. Saw Tamla Baw’s Address on 63 Anniversary of KNU Day

05 Feb 2010

Respected members of the KNU and all the Karen Nationals, Officers and men of the KNLA,

I feel very much honored and delighted to have the opportunity to address, as president of the KNU, to the entire Karen people, on the 63rd Anniversary of the founding of the Karen National Union (KNU). Firstly, I extend my best wishes to all the Karen nationals to have health and well being of the body and mind!

• Today, the fifth of February, 2010 falls on the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Karen National Union. The KNU is the only leading Karen organization and it was officially founded on the 5th of February 1947 by merging the 4 Karen organizations namely, the Buddhist Karen National Association (BKNA), the Karen Central Organization (KCO), the Karen Youth Organization (KYO) and the Karen National Association (KNA), which had been leading the entire Karen people for political consciousness and self-determination, starting from the year 1881. That is why, the KNU is a very important political organization in the Karen people’s movement and the Karen revolution, and it has been performing the historic national tasks with endurance and steadfastness since 1947.

• The KNU is also an organization that has faced and overcome horrendous challenges in 63 full years of struggle for freedom, justice, national equality and self-determination, democracy and the emergence a genuine federal union. On looking for the cause of the ability of the KNU to stand firmly for 63 full years without leaning and falling, despite going through such a stormy revolutionary journey, we will find that whatever the situation, the KNU consistently stands for truth and justice, possesses solid morale and fortitude, firm political stand, correct cooperation with its various allies, receives domestic and international support, and the support of the entire Karen people and the general population.
• One more point I would like to point out is that today, instead of resolving the political, economic and social crises besetting Burma, we find that the military clique, is wantonly ruling the country with despotic excesses, for its own self-interest. For many years, the entire population and all the ethnic nationalities including the Burmans, have been suffering the ravages of chauvinism and military dictatorship. For that reason, the entire people’s power, the democratic forces’ power and the armed revolutionary forces’ power must relentlessly struggle on, with unity, for the abolition of the evil system and ideology.

• In conclusion, I would like to urge all members of the KNU and officers and men of the KNLA to struggle on, with continued support of the entire Karen people and entire fellow oppressed people, for the KNU’s objectives of national equality and self-determination, until final victory is achieved.


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