04 Feb '12, 2pm

Myanmar's Karen rebels say ceasefire 'fragile'

BANGKOK (AFP) - One of Myanmar's most prominent rebel groups on Saturday warned a ceasefire deal seen as a breakthrough in relations with the regime was 'fragile', as ethnic unrest continues to cast a shadow over reforms. The Karen National Union (KNU) signed a pact with a delegation of ministers from the new government on Jan 12 in a move that raised hopes of a permanent end to one of the world's longest-running civil conflicts. 'We have to make the ceasefire durable. This is a tentative step and still very fragile,' said Mr Saw David Tharckabaw, vice-president of the KNU in charge of foreign affairs. He said charges against a senior rebel figure and continuing conflict in other ethnic areas was eroding trust in Myanmar's nominally-civilian government, which has launched a series of changes that have persuaded some Western powers to re-evaluate tough sanctions on the coun...

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