Karenni National Progressive Party

   An ethnic minority armed group that operates along the Burma-Thai border in Kayah (Karenni) State. Its stated purpose is to defend the independence of the Karenni States, recognized by the British in 1875, from Burmese intrusion, although its leaders claim that they will support their inclusion in Burma under a democratic and federal scheme, reflecting the spirit of the agreement made at the 1947 Panglong Conference between Aung San and ethnic leaders. Established in 1957, the KNPP has split into several factions. One of these, the originally pro-Communist Party of Burma Karenni Nationalities Peoples Liberation Front, signed a cease-fire with the State Law and Order Restoration Council in 1994. In the following year, the KNPP also signed a cease-fire, but it broke down, and there have also been armed clashes between the KNPP and the smaller KNPLF.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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