12 Jan '12, 11pm

Myanmar's government signs a ceasefire with Karen rebels, raising hopes of an end to years of conflict

Myanmar's government signs a ceasefire with Karen rebels, raising hopes of an end to years of conflict

Representative of the rebel Karen National Union (KNU) Saw Jawni - Johnny - (left) and a Myanmar government official (right) exchange documents following ceasefire talks in Hpa-an, the main city of the country's eastern Karen state on Jan 12, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP HPA-AN, Myanmar (AFP) - Myanmar's government and one of the country's leading ethnic rebel groups signed a ceasefire on Thursday, raising hopes of an end to one of the world's longest-running civil conflicts. In the latest of Myanmar's tentative attempts at reform, a delegation of ministers from the capital Naypyidaw and senior members of the Karen National Union (KNU) signed the pact in Hpa-an, capital of war-torn eastern Karen state. KNU spokesman David Htaw said the group would now choose a representative to hold further talks with the central government within 45 days of the preliminary pact, which he said was ...

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