Burma Army Chief summoned KBC Chairman

The Kachin Post / September 13, 2019

The Commander-in-Chief of Burma Armed Forces Senior General Min Aung Hlaing had invited the Chairman of Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson for an urgent meeting, confirming the withdrawal of criminal complaint against the Kachin religious leader, who made a remarks during the Oval Office meeting with U.S President Donald Trump.

The meeting in the country’s capital Naypyidaw was took placed on Thursday, focusing the issues of religious persecution and the return home of internally displaced persons (IPD), according to KBC. Rev. Samson welcomed the withdrawal of lawsuit against him, saying it’s a clear evidence of Burma Army’s improvement in international image.

Rev. Samson also proposed to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement between Burma Army and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which has been fighting for Independence Kachinland since 60s, in order to return home of over a hundred thousand of Kachin IDPs, who are mostly living in refugee camps along the China border.

In February 2019, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met with the leaders of Kachin Baptist Convention and Kachin Catholic Churches regarding the peace process with KIO and controversial China-backed Myitsone Dam project.