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State Media Blames KIO 'Hardliners' for Impasse

23 April 2012

An editorial in Burma’s state-run New Light of Myanmar on Sunday said that “hardliners” in the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) were responsible for the failure to end a conflict that has dragged on in the country’s far north for nearly a year. Referring to the KIO and its armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the paper said “eternal peace in Kachin State is still a pipe dream for the nationalities there due to some hardline KIO/KIA leaders in spite of three rounds of peace talks between Union-level peacemaking group and the KIO/KIA.”