YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed on the text of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.
Though lauded as a significant step — the opposing sides have tussled over wording and rights over natural resources for months — fighting between the army and two rebel factions in northern Burma highlight the challenges still ahead.
President Thein Sein appeared briefly at Tuesday’s signing. He said he was happy a single draft had been agreed upon.
Specifics were not released, however, and it remains unclear when a final agreement will be inked. The government wants that to happen before elections at the end of the year.