The Minister of Border and Security Affairs, Colonel Zaw Lwin, representing the government, joined with more than 4000 Karen people to celebrate Karen New Year Day, January 12, in Myitta village, Tenasserim Divion, in southern Burma.
The KNU Mergui-Tavoy District Secretary, Padoh Saw Thaw Thi Pay, told the gathering that life for Karen in the area had got better since the ceasefire, but the whole country needed peace.
“The government is trying to build a just and sustainable peace, I feel that for our Karen people life is improving. We will continue striving for our Karen destiny. We will cooperate with other ethnic peoples, other citizens of Burma for the nationwide peace – the government alone cannot build peace.”
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