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Govt-Kachin Rebel Talks to Resume in November

23 October 2013

Peace talks between the government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) will resume early next month in Myitkyina, Mizzima reports. The technical teams from the two sides will meanwhile draft a ceasefire agreement that they hope will be signed at the Nov. 3 meeting, according to Hla Maung Shwe, a Myanmar Peace Center spokesperson. A seven-point preliminary peace agreement between the ethnic Kachin rebel group and the government’s peace negotiating team was signed on Oct. 10, but the deal was not a full ceasefire. The government has said it hopes to sign a ceasefire with the KIO, as well as a “nationwide ceasefire” with Burma’s many ethnic armed groups, this year.