Myanmar government, Kachin rebels renew talks
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's government met Kachin rebels for renewed peace talks in China on Monday, an analyst said, as the rivals seek to resolve a festering ethnic conflict that has undermined reforms.
Representatives of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) - and its armed wing the KIA - met government officials led by President's Office Minister Aung Min in the Chinese border town of Ruili.
"I think this meeting may be a little more productive than the previous one in February although we cannot expect too much," said Aung Kyaw Zaw, an analyst with close ties to the KIO who was monitoring the talks in Ruili.
"Myanmar troops are not retreating from Kachin State yet," he said, adding that Chinese officials and members of some of Myanmar's other ethnic groups were also present for the talks.