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Myanmar gov't, Chin ethnic armed group agree on peace in central level talks

English.news.cn   2012-12-11 16:29:54            

YANGON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar government and the Chin National Front (CNF) have signed agreements on eternal peace at the second round of central level talks held at Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon over the past four days, official media reported Tuesday.

The negotiations concluded with 27 proposals agreed by the CNF out of total 31 proposals.

The agreement covered Chin national affairs for designation of Chin National Day and Chin State Day, national integration, human rights and environmental conservation, military affairs, development of Chin State, and cooperation among the Union government, the State government and the CNF in social and cultural affairs.

The discussion mainly focused on ceasefire, political dialogue and the holding of a conference to be attended by all national races people as directed by the President.

The government side was led by President's Office Minister U Aung Min, who is Vice Chairman of the Central Level Peace Making committee, while the CNF side was headed by its General Secretary Pu Zing Cung.

The discussion was followed by CNF's 15-point demand agreed including stopping armed conflicts in May.

Under President U Thein Sein's peace offer to internal armed groups in Aug. 2011, peace making is being carried out in three phases -- the first phase is to ceasefire, set up liaison offices and travel without holding arms to each other's territory, while the second phase is confidence building, holding political dialogue, implement regional development tasks in terms of education, health and communication, and the third phase is to sign agreement for eternal peace in the presence of the parliament represented by nationalities, political parties and different walks of life.

So far, 10 ethnic armed groups out of 11 have reached peace pacts with the government at state or central levels.

However, peace talks with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) remained deadlocked so far.

Editor: znz
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