The chairman of KNU Hpa-An District issued a letter to follow the NCA.
As the military council prepares to hold a massive Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) eighth anniversary next month in Nay Pyi Taw, a mid-level leader of the Karen National Union (KNU) has issued an opinion on September 14 that they will be based on that agreement.
In the statement signed by Pado Saw Aung Maung-e, Chairman of KNU Brigade (7) Hpa-An District, to achieve internal peace, stabilize the region, to find a solution to the political problem through political means, he stated that he will act based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and put the people's interests first.
The NCA contract is a contract signed in front of domestic and international witnesses. The statement said that the KNU's consistent demand is to discuss and resolve political issues through political means.
Furthermore, according to the statement of the chairman of Hpa-An District, KNU's political purpose, goals and basic attitudes to build a federal democratic union have been included in the NCA contract. The Military Council's newspapers also repeated the statement on September 16. The district chairman's statement contradicts the statement of the central-level leaders.
In August, the central leaders of the KNU stated that the ceasefire NCA agreement had been nullified by the February 2021 military coup. At the 100-day press conference of the new KNU leadership held on August 10, General Secretary Pado Saw Tar Domu said that the NCA agreements are being violated by the military.
At the press conference, Pado Saw Tar Domu said “There is no reason for us to comply with the NCA. Because it was the military that destroyed Chapter 1, which is the heart of the NCA.” There are 7 brigades in the powerful ethnic armed forces, and the territory of the 7th brigade is included in the Hpa-An district.
There are 10 ethnic armed groups signed the NCA, and after the military coup, among the 10 groups that signed the NCA, the Chin National Front (CNF), All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) and the Karen National Union (KNU) are fighting back against the military council.
Reportedly, the Military Council, which has been constantly announcing that it is building peace, is preparing to hold a large-scale ceasefire anniversary celebration in Nay Pyi Taw.