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Clashes in Shan State despite Govt-KIO 7-Point Peace Plan

13 June 2013

Fighting continues in Shan State despite ethnic rebels and the government having late last month signed a seven-point peace plan that was hailed as a breakthrough in the two sides’ negotiations to reach a permanent ceasefire, the Kachin News Group reported on Wednesday. KNG said clashes broke out on Saturday, Sunday and Monday between the government army and forces loyal to the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). An anonymous KIO source said KIO-allied forces have been ordered not to strike first, but had been provoked by government troops.