Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The story published by Mizzima on August 5, 2010, headlined: “Karen squad ambushes 110 junta troops, kills nine including officer”, contained the following phrase in error: “… the KNU, which is struggling for the right to self-determination in a separate Karen state”.
The website of the Karen National Union (KNU) outlines the organisation’s Mission Statement: “To establish a genuine Federal Union in co-operation with all the Karen and all the ethnic peoples in the country for harmony, peace, stability and prosperity for all.”
While its Objectives are:
• To gain the rights of equality and self-determination for the Karen people;
• To establish the Karen state with a just and fair territory and self- determination;
• To establish the Federal Union based on democracy and self-determination;
• To gain basic rights, democracy and equality for the Karen people and all ethnic nationalities of Burma.
We have been reminded that the Karen National Union dropped its goal for a separate Karen state in 1979.
We apologise for the error, which was introduced in the editing process.