Coming Soon: A Gentleman’s Agreement – The Karen National Union’s negotiations with the Burmese Government (1949-2006)

Since the beginning of hostilities, officially declared on the 31st January 1949, the Karen National Union has consistently attempted to find an accommodation with the successive governments of Burma.

While initial discussions have centred on the recognition of a free Karen state of ‘Kawthoolei’ and the need to retain arms. Later talks, primarily those that began in 2004, sought merely to protect the Karen population and preserve some form of role for the organisation.

Based on official KNU minutes, records, and interviews with the KNU’s negotiators,  this document provides a rare insight into the process involved in trying to find a lasting peace.