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Mon Rebels Exchange Fire with Govt Troops

19 July 2013

An ethnic Mon rebel group says it clashed with Burma army troops this week, Mizzima reported on Friday. The brief firefight, which reportedly took place on Tuesday and violates an 18-year-old ceasefire agreement between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the government, killed two NMSP soldiers, according to a commander of the armed rebel group. The fighting occurred the same day that President Thein Sein told an audience in London that Burma was close to brokering ceasefire agreements with all of the country’s ethnic armed groups for the first time in 60 years.