Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – 88-Generation Student Group leaders and the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) say they will cooperate to create a "genuine Union’"in which all ethnic nationalities will have the power to create their own destinies.
|Mya Aye, one of the leaders of the 88-Generation students group, speaks at a book fair in Rangoon, in this file photo. Photo: Hein Htet / Mizzima|
“We will cooperate to create a genuine Union country that can guarantee freedom, justice and equality and in which all nationalities can create their own destinies,” said a joint statement.
Student leader Mya Aye said, “Our country is composed of many nationalities so we must create a genuine Union country.”
KNPP secretary Khu Oo Reh said, “Burma has many nationalities, so a federal Union system is the most suitable one in which every nationality can live together equally. It is the first meeting with the 88-generation students, but there will be many follow-ups and it is a good beginning, I think.”
A six-point joint statement called for genuine peace talks and urged the government to stop all fighting in Kachin State as soon as possible. The two groups will cooperate with any group that supports democracy, the statement said.
“To establish peace between the KIO/KIA [and the government] is important. Our 88-generation students’ policy is aimed at establishing peace,” said Mya Aye.
It was the first meeting between the 88-Generation students group and the KNPP, which agreed to a cease-fire with the Karenni State government on March 7, 2012.
After the meeting, the delegation of the 88-Generation students group planned to meet with farmers whose land was confiscated to build a cement factory in a village in the northeast of Loikaw, said Soe Tun, a member of the 88-Generation.
Since many 88-Generation student leaders were released from prison earlier this year, they have worked to support peace, an open civil society and to help solve problems regarding unlawful land confiscation.
They have held meetings with ethnic armed groups including Kachin, Karen [Kayin] and Mon groups, and ethnic political parties.