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House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom Ambassador to Burma has met the new leadership of the Karen National Union.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Our ambassador has not met the new Karen National Union (KNU) since the change in leadership last December. Officials at our embassy in Rangoon have met the KNU on numerous occasions over the last year and plan to meet the new KNU leadership at the earliest opportunity. We are also funding peace and reconciliation experts to support both the KNU and the United Nationalities Federation Council, a collection of the political wings of ethnic armed groups, in their approach to negotiations, and in drafting a framework for political dialogue.

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