KIO rejected new Kachin Army

The Kachin Post / June 12, 2021

Founder & leader of KNO Duwa Bawmwang La Raw

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which has been fiercely fighting against the Burma’s military regime, has recently rejected the formation of another Kachin Army by the overseas based Kachin National Organization (KNO).

“KIO didn’t recognizes and rejects the formation of KNO’s special brigade 108th,” said the statement released by the KIO’s Central Committee on June 9, 2021. We don’t need another revolutionary Army as we already have the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

KNO informed KIO on May 1st, 2021 that the oversea organization has launched a special brigade 108th of Kachinland Army (KA) in northern Shan State of Hpawng Hseng area. The secretary of KNO Layang Hkun Htoi told The Kachin Post that I’m sad to hear the KIO’s official rejection by releasing the statement.

“It doesn’t matter KIO reject us or not, we’ll continued to strive for Independence Kachinland,” the secretary of KNO Layang Hkun Htoi told The Kachin Post. “We’re neither Burma Army backed militia nor drug dealers,” Layang Hkun Htoi said.

Hkun Htoi think that the main reason behind the KIO’s rejection against the Kachinland Army is the two Kachin political organization has divorced deeper into the different political goal after Burma’s military coup on February 1st, 2021. KIO is marching on their policy of engaging in the Federal Union of Burma via Kachin Political Interim Coordination Team (KPICT), and the KNO stands firm on the policy of pursuing the Independence Kachinland.

In 2006, KNO first established the United Kachinland Army (UKA) on Thai-Burma border and India-Burma border area. On June 28, 2012, KNO agreed to merge its United Kachinland Army into Kachin Independence Army in order to shore up the ‘Victory Path Military Operation’, which was launched by KIO in 2011.

Kachin National Organization was founded on January 9, 1999 by Kachin diaspora, striving to pursue the Independence Kachinland. The organization reinstated its founding goal of the declaration of Independence Kachinland from Union of Burma during the organization’s 20th anniversary conference in January 2019.