28 Jul '11, 4pm

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for a ceasefire between the Burmese army and ethnic insurgents.

YANGON: Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday called on the army and ethnic insurgents to end a decades-long civil conflict in her first direct letter to the country's new president. Suu Kyi, who held her first talks with a minister in the new government on Monday, said reconciliation between state forces and armed ethnic minority rebel groups could not be achieved by "military means". "I would like to earnestly call for an immediate ceasefire and the peaceful resolution of the conflicts for the benefit of all ethnicities in the Union of Myanmar," she said in the letter, also addressed to ethnic groups. Myanmar - where power was handed to a nominally civilian government in March after almost 50 years of military rule - has been plagued by decades of civil war. Fighting has intensified in the north and east of the country in recent months. Suu Kyi was ...

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