Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Burma-Myanmar: Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) rebels reject government ceasefire proposal, clashes with Burma army


About a week after the government offered 17 ethnic armed groups a nationwide ceasefire proposal, one group—the ethnic Palaung—has stated that they reject the conditions set out in the draft agreement.

In early November, ethnic groups convened in Laiza to develop a joint position in their ceasefire negotiations with Naypyidaw. On Nov. 5, at a high-profile meeting in the Kachin capital Myitkyina, Minister Aung Min’s peace negotiations team met with Burma’s major rebel groups and handed them a draft ceasefire agreement.

The high-level talks marked a significant step towards resolving Burma’s decades-old ethnic conflict, but the sides still disagreed on numerous issues.

Ethnic groups have long demanded greater political autonomy for their regions and control over local natural resources. The integration of ethnic armed units into one federal military is another key discussion point between the sides.

The News:
http://www.irrawaddy … lash-burma-army.html



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