After nearly six decades of conflict, the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) signed a ceasefire agreement on June 9-10 with a Burmese government delegation after talks in Karenni state capital Loikaw.
The agreement leaves the Kachin Independence Organization as the only ethnic armed group still fighting Burma’s government forces.
Aung San Myint, the general secretary no. 2 of KNPP, told The Irrawaddy on Monday that 17 of the 20 points on the agenda were agreed upon, with the outstanding three points shelved for discussion at the next meeting.
He said the three outstanding points are: the KNPP request to open new bases in Karenni State; the withdrawal of all government troops from KNPP-controlled areas; and a cessation in the building of hydroelectric dams on the Salween River in Karenni State.
The KNPP, which was established in 1955, currently has about 1,000 fighting men.