The leadership split in the Karen Nation Union has been mended prior to the group's 15th Congress scheduled for the last week in November.
|Burmese government delegation leader Minister Aung Min and KNU delegation leader Commander-in-Chief General Mutu Saypo at a “peace dinner” in Hpaan, Karen State, on January 11, 2011. Photo: Mizzima|
“There will never be an end to the discussion on the leaders dismissal because each side claims they are right. We decided to reappoint the three leaders to their old position to strengthen our unity and for them to continue their original duties until KNU’s 15th Congress,” said Major Saw Hla Ngwe, in a story posted on the Karen News Group website on Monday.
The KNU dismissed General Mutu Say Poe, the commander-in-chief of its armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), along with central committee members David Taw and Roger Khin for “repeated violations of KNU rules and regulations.” David Taw passed away on Oct. 14.
Saw Hla Ngwe said that KNU leaders compromised on their respective positions and showed respect for Karen civilians’ desire for unity in the organization, according to the article.
A KNU statement said it had resolved the problem of “weaknesses” that had arisen within the organization, through consultation and under the guidance and the leadership of the KNU.
Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung, a KNU Central Committee member, was quoted as saying: “All Karen people were worried over the KNU’s internal problems. We decided to focus on the organization’s long-term plans after an overview of the recent argument.”