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Myanmar Kachin activists call for immediate end to clashes

Several Kachin campaign groups called Monday for an immediate end to clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic rebels, which have trapped hundreds of people including schoolchildren with limited food and shelter in a remote area of the state. Skirmishes have affected at least 2,300 people in the Bhamo-Mansi area, among them many who had already been displaced by previous fighting, the non-government groups said in a statement distributed by the UN in Yangon on Monday.

UN calls for immediate end to new Kachin clashes

The United Nations called Monday for an immediate end to clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kachin rebels which have trapped hundreds of people including schoolchildren in a remote area with limited food and shelter. Skirmishes have affected at least 2,300 people in the Bhamo-Mansi area, among them many who had already been displaced by previous fighting, the UN said in a statement from Yangon. The agency expressed particular concern for some 700 pupils after their boarding school was surrounded Saturday by Myanmar troops.

Myanmar to hold fresh talks with Kachin rebels

Myanmar will hold another round of talks with Kachin rebels on Monday in a bid to end a conflict raging in the country's far north, a federation of ethnic minority groups said. The two sides will attend an "emergency meeting" in the Chinese border town of Ruili to seek a breakthrough in the bloody conflict, Khun Okker, a spokesman for the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), said on Sunday. "China arranged it," he told AFP. "They (China) might want to give their views to both the KIA (Kachin Independence Army) and the Myanmar government."

Myanmar rebels say army ignoring president's ceasefire

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Myanmar troops attacked rebel positions in northeast Kachin on Sunday despite a ceasefire order from the president and an invitation to the rebels to take part in peace talks, a rebel spokesman and a local source said. President Thein Sein issued the ceasefire order to troops in the La Ja Yang area of Kachin near the border with China, where fighting has been fiercest.
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