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Myanmar Gov't, ethnic groups hold first peace talks

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Myanmar Government's Central Peace-Making Work Committee and representatives of 15 out of 17 ethnic armed groups launched their first peace talks in six decades on November 4 in Myitgyina, the capital of the northernmost state of Kachin.

The Government side to the talks was headed by Vice Chairman of the Central Peace-Making Work Committee U Aung Min, while the 15 ethnic armed groups were represented by their leaders.

The historical talks involved the largest number of ethnic armed groups.

Earlier on November 2, leaders of 17 ethnic armed groups signed an 11-point framework agreement to prepare for a nationwide ceasefire deal with the Government.

The agreement, reached at the end of a meeting of the ethnic armed groups’ leaders in Laiza, Kachin state, calls for holding political dialogues with the Government at the soonest possible time and laying down a political roadmap acceptable for both sides.

The agreement is expected to be presented at the two-day talks with the Government.-VNA
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