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Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

By Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:24PM UTC Comments Off Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Representatives of Burma’s government and Kachin ethnic rebels said Thursday they made significant progress in their latest peace talks and that a comprehensive cease-fire agreement including all armed ethnic groups might be in sight. Burma for decades has faced rebellions from minority groups seeking autonomy. The Kachin are the only major...

Burma resumes peace talks with Kachin rebels

By Tue, May 28, 2013 6:15PM UTC Comments Off

MYITKYINA, Burma (AP) — Burma’s government has launched a fresh round of peace talks with ethnic Kachin rebels, seeking to end a major armed conflict that has recently been overshadowed by strife between Buddhists and Muslims in other parts of the country. The round of talks beginning Tuesday is the first to be held in...

In Burma’s Kachin state, answers to conflict remain elusive

By Thu, Feb 21, 2013 4:38PM UTC Comments Off Kachin Independence Army soldiers guard a post on a hilltop overlooking the town of Laiza. Pic: AP.

LAWA YANG, Burma (AP) — Kneeling beside a line of freshly dug trenches carved like one long, open wound into a lush hillside, the rebel sergeant peered through dusty binoculars at all his troops had lost. Scattered across the sprawling valley below, a dozen thatched-roof homes stood quiet, abandoned by fleeing villagers as government forces...

Analysis: Burma’s reform comes to naught, without Panglong Spirit

By Tue, Feb 12, 2013 12:16AM UTC Comments Off General Aung San pictured outside 10 Downing Street, London in 1947. Pic: AP.

’12th February of 2013′ is the 66th anniversary of the Union Day of Burma. It marks the signing ceremony of the ‘Historic Panglong Agreement’ between General Aung San and leaders of the Chin, Kachin and Shan ethnic groups guaranteeing a genuine federal union of Burma. However, Burma’s successive leaders ignored the historic political-contract that paved...

Burma deadlock: KIO dismisses ‘ceasefire first’ rather than ‘political dialogue’

By Fri, Jan 25, 2013 9:52PM UTC 9 Comments A Kachin soldier mans a frontline position near Kachin HQ Laiza in northern Burma. Pic: AP.

President Thein Sein Government declared an end to its military offensive against the Kachin Independence Army on January 18 since the US and the EU have described their concerns. The ceasefire order of the President was to be effective from 6am on January 19. Speaking at the opening of the First Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum...

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