Ethnic Leaders Requested Humanitarian Aid for Myanmar During Meeting with Japan’s Foreign Affairs Committee


Kantarawaddy Times

On May 14th, a delegation of Karenni leaders, including the Chairman of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), Khu Oo Reh, along with representatives of the National Unity Government (NUG) and some ethnic leaders, met with Mr. Komura Masahiro, the Vice-Minister of Japan’s Foreign Affairs Committee, and requested humanitarian aid for Myanmar.

“We hope this meeting will allow the Japanese government, people, and organizations to understand the current situation and realities in Myanmar. We hope they will provide humanitarian aid not only to Karenni State but also to the people suffering across Myanmar, including educational and healthcare assistance. We also hope this will contribute to the democratization process in Myanmar,” said Luiz, Secretary of the KNPP’s International and Foreign Affairs Committee, to Kantarawaddy Times.

During the meeting, that the delegation presented the current situation in Myanmar, including the military action, political landscape, and the urgent need for humanitarian aid according to Luiz.

The statement released after the meeting states that Japan has pledged to engage in close coordination with ethnic groups to find a solution for Myanmar. However, Luiz explained that the meeting was the start of a new dialogue and that no concrete agreements were reached.

Japan’s Foreign Minister has stated that their government will continue to meet and discuss with all relevant parties to find a solution for Myanmar.

The KNU and KNPP met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in March, and Thai former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in April.


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