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Myanmar ethnic groups say will discuss Kachin with govt

Published on Jan 22, 2013 9:31 PM
 
A rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) 3rd Brigade soldier stands guard as they secure an area on Hka Ya mountain in Kachin province on Jan 20, 2013. A federation of Myanmar ethnic groups said on Tuesday it had agreed to hold talks with the government to try to end the conflict in the northern state of Kachin. -- PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (AFP) - A federation of Myanmar ethnic groups said on Tuesday it had agreed to hold talks with the government to try to end the conflict in the northern state of Kachin.

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), which was formed by about a dozen ethnic groups, expects to hold talks with Myanmar peace negotiators by mid-February, possibly in Thailand, said UNFC spokesman Khun Okker.

"The upcoming meeting will focus on the Kachin situation because of the serious fighting there," Khun Okker, chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation, told AFP by telephone.

"The first meeting is likely to be held in Thailand," he said.

 
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