KNU Presidend speech on 62nd Martyr day Eng Lang by kawthoolei7


									                 OFFICE OF THE SUPREME HEADQUARTERS
                        KAREN NATIONAL UNION

  KNU President Saw Tamla Baw’s Address on 62nd Anniversary of
                        Martyrs’ Day
                                                                          August 12, 2012

Respected KNU Leaders, Comrades from the KNLA and the Entire Karen
        Today, August 12, 2012 is the 62nd Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day, on which we
commemorate President Saw Ba U Gyi and the many Karen comrades, who had
sacrificed their lives in the struggle for the entire Karen people’s rights to self-
determination and national equality. On this historic anniversary, I would like to
address all the Karen people, officers and men of the Karen National Liberation Army
(KNLA), while commemorating the Karen martyrs.

        Firstly, I would like to say that the objective of our commemoration and
honoring the martyrs, who had struggled for justice and freedom, is for us to
remember them and follow the path they have paved with their lives, blood, sweat and
tears. While we are shouldering the unfinished duties of the martyrs, we must all work
together for the new generations to inherit and uphold the traditions, ideals and
convictions of the martyrs.

        Though the Karen people’s revolutionary resistance has been 65 years long,
we have not reached the goal we desire, and we are still within the state of national
liberation movement. We have learnt bitter lessons a number times in our national
liberation movement because of the sowing of divisions and discords, by various
wicked and deceitful means, by the successive military dictatorships, which practiced
Burman chauvinism (racism). If we do not learn to take lessons from the bitter
experiences, it is certain that we will again inherit dreadful situations. In the history of
our national liberation movement, while there have been many martyrs the Karen
people can be proud of, there have been many despicable opportunists also.
Opportunism and tokenism cannot uplift either the interest of our people or an
individual’s quality and progress but cause only regression. For that reason, all the
Karen people, by eliminating opportunism and tokenism within themselves, must
march on to victory with the spirit of the martyrs, revolutionary vigilance and political
alertness, and smashing every enemy’s activity, which will subject our Karen people
to serfdom.
        Regarding the current political situation, I would like to say that though the
current government, which came to power through 2010 elections in accordance with
the 2008 constitution, has been saying, to sooth our ears, that it is carrying out reforms
and building peace with the armed ethnic nationalities, there is no indication that it
has the willingness to hold genuine political dialogue. In my analysis, I find that to
raise interest and change the views of the international community of it, the
government is engaged only in superficial and apparent activities of peace building
with emphasis only on business matters, and without any political essence. There is
no dispute that the peace aspired to by the Karen people and the one the government
in power wants to give are as different as heaven and earth. As it is the understanding
and hypothesis of the Karen National Union (KNU) that the war between the ethnic
nationalities and the ruling government is based on politics, it has always opened the
door for the resolution of political problems by political means. Though it has
accepted and met with the ruling government, which has made the overture for
political negotiation, the KNU is under the feeling that it has arrived in a killing field
of great danger. It is in a situation where a false step could lead to total loss.
Accordingly, I would like to urge the entire Karen people to work together with the
KNU, so that there would be no mistake in every phase of the political dialogue. At
the same time, I would like to inform U Thein Sein government that if it desires to
establish genuine peace with the ethnic nationalities and proceed to a modern,
developed, and democratic new State, it will be achieved only through transparent and
politically meaningful negotiation. Otherwise, the civil war, which has impoverished
the country, will go on.

       Victory of the Karen people’s revolutionary resistance, yearned for by the
Karen people, will be achieved only by leadership of the KNU, participation by every
Karen in the movement and marching on by upholding the Four Principles of Saw Ba
U Gyi, which state that (1) Surrender is out of the question; (2) We shall retain our
arms; (3) Recognition of Karen State must be complete; and (4) We shall decide our
own destiny.

        Finally, in conclusion, I would like to say that let us march on to victory by
cooperating together with the other fellow oppressed ethnic nationality forces and
forces fighting for democracy, as the goal of the Karen people’s revolutionary
resistance is the establishment of a genuine Democratic Federal Union.

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