Karenni People’s Defense Force Must Be “Systematic” To Succeed, KSCC Says

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By Kantarawaddy Times

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
A member of the parallel government in Kayah State said the new civilian defense force must have a strong “objective, structure and management” to succeed.

The Karenni State Consultative Council (KSCC) representative told Kantarawaddy Times it is not “easy” forming a new armed force, cautioning if not “systematic” with its “structure and policies” it will be impossible to “launch a strategic (military) operation”.

Karenni People’s Defense Force (KPDF) was revealed on May 7, after sharing its statement on Facebook. KPDF will establish chapters in every township in the state.

A day earlier, People’s Defense Force – Demawso was announced. Both civilian forces will cooperate with Burma’s National Unity Government to oppose the military council.

Khu Daniel, second secretary of Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), said KNPP isn’t opposed to the new civilian forces, but that it is still too early to say what their relationship will be.

“Who will lead and manage them? Who will establish their future goals? They need a solid government and leadership,” he told Kantarawaddy Times.

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