Myanmar, Kachin rebels agree ceasefire: Negotiator
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar on Thursday reached a preliminary ceasefire deal with ethnic minority Kachin rebels, the last major armed group to agree to stop fighting after decades of civil war, a negotiator said.
Meeting on home soil for the first time since the conflict flared up again in 2011, Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government representatives signed a seven-point plan including a vow to halt hostilities that have displaced tens of thousands of people.
"I think we have achieved a breakthrough," said Min Zaw Oo, a director of the EU-funded Myanmar Peace Center, who took part in the negotiations in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina.
"The agreement is to stop fighting at this point and afterwards there are going to be detailed discussions about the repositioning of troops," he added.