IMNA : The Committee for the Emergency of a Federal Union (CEFU) held an ethnic conference during their second meeting near Chiangmai, at the Thai-Burma border from January 11-14th.
Nai Handar, the committee’s secretary explained that the ethnic groups, Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC), National Democratic Force (NDF) and Union League for Democracy – Liberated Area (ULD-LA) all attended the conference.
“During the conference, the committee worked on forming political groups to represent the different ethnic minorities. The committee is working together with the democracy groups and we [the CEFU] will fight for democracy, politics, war, and diplomacy,” said Nai Handar.
“If the Burmese military attacks us, armies who are not included in our group [the CEFU] can help anyway. We have not yet specified how we will help each other,” Nai Handar added.
He also noted that the CEFU has agree to lead the 2nd Panglong conference with democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We have the same objectives as Daw Su, and we encourage and welcome her,” Nai Handar said.
Included in the CEFU are the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Karen National Union (KNU), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), Chin National Front (CNF), New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Shan State Progress Party (SSPP). This group is looking for equal opportunity and instant self-determination, as well as national reconciliation.
The first meeting of the CEFU was held on November 4, 2010 in anticipation of the November 7, 2010 elections in Burma. All parties included in the CEFU boycotted the elections, which were the first in Burma to be held in 20 years.