03 Dec '11, 9am

Myanmar agrees truce with major rebel group

Myanmar agrees truce with major rebel group

YANGON: Myanmar has reached a ceasefire deal with one of the war-torn country's major ethnic guerilla groups, a mediator said Saturday, in the latest sign the new army-backed regime is reaching out to its opponents. The pact was signed Friday by representatives of the Shan State Army South and the local government in the northeastern state, Hla Maung Shwe, founder of the civil society group Myanmar Egress, who witnessed the agreement, told AFP. The was no immediate confirmation from the Myanmar government or the Shan State Army, but the Irrawaddy news website, run by journalists in exile, said the agreement in the Shan State capital of Taunggyi also included government assurances of economic development and joint efforts against drugs. It said the next step would be negotiations with the central government. The country formerly known as Burma has made a series of reformist...

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