Initially accepted Border Guard Force Proposal but have now reversed their decision
Founded: 1994 Leader: monk U Thuzana Membership: 6000 troops (plans to enlarge to 9000) Affiliated with: KNU
The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) is the militant wing of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Organization (DKBO). In 1994, the DKBO splintered off from the Karen National Union (KNU) for religious reasons as the ruling hierarchy of the KNU was entirely Christian. When the DKBO split from the KNU, the ruling Burmese Junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), immediately took the opportunity to form an alliance with the DKBO. At present the DKBO, and their military wing, the DKBA, are funded by the SPDC.
Party Central Executive Committee
19 Oct 2009
Leaders of the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) held first cease-fire talks since they split in 1994