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Myanmar govt and Kachin rebels agree to continue dialogue

Published on Feb 4, 2013 10:28 PM
This handout picture released by the Myanmar Peace Centre on Feb 4, 2013, shows Minister of the President's Office Aung Min (back row, third from left) along with government officials holding talks with representatives of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the Chinese border town of Ruili. -- PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar held fresh talks with Kachin ethnic minority rebels on Monday, vowing to keep up efforts to find an elusive breakthrough in a conflict that has overshadowed dramatic political reforms.

The two sides agreed to continue dialogue with the aim of reaching a "strong ceasefire" in Myanmar's violence-wracked far north, according to a joint statement released after the talks in the Chinese border town of Ruili.

They agreed to hold another meeting before the end of February.

"Both sides discussed in a friendly and open manner," said Mr Hla Maung Shwe, a government-appointed mediator who took part in the meeting.

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