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Armed Groups Decry ‘Unfair’ Govt Demands

29 April 2014

The head of a negotiating team representing most of the members of the United Nationalities Federal Council, a key coalition of 12 ethnic armed groups, has rejected government demands that they disband their armies as a precondition for a nationwide ceasefire, reports Radio Free Asia. Naing Han Tha of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) said it was “unfair” for the government to demand that ethnic armies completely surrender to the military without assurances that a proposed federal army would represent their interests. The government and the NCCT held talks in Rangoon on April 5-9, and the two sides were expected to meet again next month, but those talks now appear to be in doubt