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Myanmar gov't peace negotiator foresees breakthrough with armed groups in next talks

English.news.cn   2013-11-11 11:11:31            

YANGON, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar government's central peace negotiator U Aung Min predicted that the next round of talks with ethnic armed groups scheduled for the second week of December in Pha-an, southeastern Kayin state, would meet with success, official media quoted the minister as reporting Monday.

Meeting with delegates from over two dozens political parties and some independent parliament members at Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon Sunday, U Aung Min, who is Minister at the President's Office and Vice Chairman of the government's Central Peace-Making Work Committee, commented that the last talks between the government and the ethnic armed groups in Laiza, Kachin state could bring success to the peace making process, reported the New Light of Myanmar.

He attributed Myanmar's internal armed conflicts to the lack of political dialogue, assuring that a federal armed forces would emerge when the country practices a federal system which the armed groups demanded.

"Any organization is invited to hold talks with us at any place except the fact that they never secede from the union and must avoid the acts that can harm the sovereignty of Myanmar," he added.

He disclosed that scrutinization is underway for the release of all the remaining political prisoners by the end of the year as promised.

The meeting with political parties also involved another minister at the President's Office U Soe Thane.

After leaders of 17 ethnic armed groups made a four-day historic gathering in Laiza from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 and signed an 11-point framework agreement of their own for making nationwide cease-fire deal with the government, the framework was presented to the first ever two-day peace talks between Myanmar government and 17 ethnic armed groups, which followed in Myitgyina, northernmost Kachin state's capital from Nov. 4 to 5.

The government side also put forward its draft nationwide cease- fire accord for discussions.

The talks ended without breakthrough to bring about immediate signing of a nationwide cease-fire. However, the two sides agreed to continue next round of talks set for December in Pha-an to strive for final reaching of the nationwide cease-fire and entering political dialogue at an early date according to their joint statement released at the closing of the Myitgyina talks.

The government claimed reaching individual cease-fire agreements with 14 ethnic armed groups since the president's peace offer was extended in August 2011.

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