State Counsellor meets with ethnic Karenni youth

16 January 2020
State Counsellor meets with ethnic Karenni youth
Photo: Myanmar State Counsellor Office

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met with ethnic Karenni youth in eastern Kayah state Wednesday to discuss local grievances there, the latest step to shore up her ruling National League for Democracy’s relations with ethnic groups as the party faces year-end elections, RFA reported.

The visit, and a trip on Jan. 10 to Kachin state, follows the formation last September of a new committee dedicated to engaging with and promoting relations with ethnic political parties in the multi-ethnic country that has seen decades of internal warfare.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s travel also comes as her government grapples with a sputtering peace process marked by ongoing warfare between national forces and ethnic armies in its far-flung regions, producing hundreds of thousands of displaced villagers. She had made forging peace and creating a democratic federal union the primary goals of her administration after winning elections in 2015.