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Myanmar holds peace talks with Kachin rebels

Published on Feb 4, 2013 5:48 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 PHOTO/HO/MYANMAR PEACE CENTRE

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's government and Kachin rebels met on Monday for new peace talks hosted by China, seeking an elusive breakthrough in efforts to end a conflict that has overshadowed dramatic political reforms.

A government delegation led by Minister of the President's Office Aung Min met with Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) leaders in a hotel in the Chinese border town of Ruili.

"Some senior Chinese officials are also at the meeting," said Aung Kyaw Zaw, an analyst with close ties to the KIO who was monitoring the talks.

"The result could be good as the Chinese authorities are involved in it. The Chinese government wants the fighting at the border to stop as they want stability," he told AFP by telephone from Ruili.

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