The Irrawaddy

Burma’s Top Peace Envoy Accepts Blame for Kachin Trust Deficit

The Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, President’s Office Minister Aung Min, said he was primarily responsible for a trust deficit between the government and ethnic Kachin rebels in the country’s north, the Myanmar Times reports. “I am mainly to blame for this because I am the one with the most responsibility,” he was quoted as saying. The senior minister made the remark at a youth forum in Mandalay over the weekend. Fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army has continued on and off since a ceasefire broke down in 2011. Clashes were reported as recently as last week.