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Ethnic leaders in Myanmar to meet again for ceasefire deal with gov't

Ethnic leaders in Myanmar to meet again for ceasefire deal with gov't YANGON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of 17 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar will gather again in Hlaingbwe, southeastern Kayin state, on Dec. 18 for a three-day conference ahead of their continued ceasefire deal with the government, the local Standard Times Daily reported Monday, quoting a senior leader of the Kayin National Union (KNU). Hlaingbwe is the headquarters of the KNU.

2nd-round Myanmar gov't-ethnic armed groups ceasefire talks put off: report

2nd-round Myanmar gov't-ethnic armed groups ceasefire talks put off: report YANGON, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The second round of nationwide ceasefire talks between Myanmar government and 17 ethnic armed groups scheduled for late this month has been put off until next month, the Kayin National Union (KNU) was quoted by local 7-Day Daily as saying on Monday.

Myanmar minority allowed to form political party

Ethnic minority Kachin leaders in Myanmar's war-torn far north on Thursday hailed a government decision to allow them to form a political party as a step towards finding elusive peace. The former junta barred several Kachin parties from taking part in controversial polls in 2010, denying the ethnic group any genuine representation in what was the country's first election in two decades. The only Kachin party contesting the poll was backed by the junta.

UN fears over Myanmar civilians in fresh Kachin unrest

The United Nations has expressed serious concern for hundreds of Myanmar civilians, many of them children, trapped in a conflict zone in northern Kachin state amid renewed clashes between the army and rebels. It said over a thousand displaced people are thought to be running short of food after being caught in a new bout of fighting between troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Mansi township in recent days, despite ongoing ceasefire negotiations.

Fresh bomb blasts rattle Myanmar, one dead

Three bombs exploded in eastern Myanmar leaving one person dead, police said Thursday, the latest in a series of explosions that the United States denounced as "acts of terror". Myanmar state media also branded the bombings a "terrorist act" and said they appeared to be targeted at tourist spots as the country gears up for an influx of foreign visitors. The three bombs exploded overnight Wednesday-Thursday in Namkham in restive northeastern Shan state near the Chinese border, police said. A municipal worker was killed, a police official told AFP.

Myanmar hails new Kachin rebel peace agreement

Myanmar and Kachin rebels signed a fresh peace deal Thursday, government mediators said, the latest step in efforts to end the country's last major active civil war. The deal, which follows three days of negotiations, was aimed at laying the "foundation for political dialogue" and working towards ending the conflict in Kachin that broke out two years ago when a 17-year ceasefire crumbled.

Myanmar, Kachin rebels in key peace talks

Myanmar on Thursday looked to build on a tentative peace deal with Kachin rebels, with talks aimed at ending the country's last major active civil war. Fighting in northern Kachin state has displaced tens of thousands since a 17-year ceasefire crumbled two years ago, with bouts of heavy combat that have undermined the reformist government's aim of securing countrywide peace.

Myanmar government says ethnic Shan rebels attacked state oil office, killing 2

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's government says ethnic Shan guerrillas have attacked a state oil and gas company compound near the Chinese border, leaving two dead and three wounded. The state-owned Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported Wednesday that guerrillas from the Restoration Council of the Shan State-Shan State Army opened fire Monday at the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise compound in Namkham, 740 kilometres (460 miles) north of Yangon.

UN envoy says abuses still go on in Myanmar despite reforms

YANGON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Human rights abuses are still occurring in Myanmar despite reforms by the quasi-civilian government, a U.N. rights envoy said on Saturday, singling out arbitrary arrest and torture of alleged ethnic Kachin rebels. Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, was speaking at the end of a five-day mission to the country, where President Thein Sein has pushed through reforms since the end of military rule in 2011.
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