Myanmar holds key peace talks with Kachin rebels
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar on Thursday looked to build on a tentative peace deal with Kachin rebels, with talks aimed at ending the country's last major active civil war.
Fighting in northern Kachin state has displaced tens of thousands since a 17-year ceasefire crumbled two years ago, with bouts of heavy combat that have undermined the reformist government's aim of securing countrywide peace.
The negotiations, which began on Tuesday and are set to be concluded on Thursday, focused on the "root causes" of the conflict and were aimed at preventing further skirmishes, according to state-run New Light of Myanmar.
President Thein Sein's government has reached tentative peace deals with most major armed ethnic minority rebel groups in the country, which has been racked by civil wars since independence from British colonial rule in 1948.