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Burma State Media Says Nationwide Ceasefire Expected Next Month

24 March 2014

The Burma government expects to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the country’s ethnic armed groups next month, the state-owned New Light of Myanmar reports. The newspaper said that Thein Zaw, the vice-chairman of the government’s Peace-making Work Committee, told representatives of the Mongla rebel group on Sunday that “meetings for [the] signing of nationwide ceasefire for permanent peace are expected to be held in April.” The government has repeatedly announced dates for the ceasefire agreement to be signed, only to have them pushed back, and an agreement has not been reached on the content of the ceasefire agreement.