Representatives from the Myanmar government and armed ethnic groups resumed peace talks in Yangon on March 17 in an effort to finalise a nationwide ceasefire accord, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The 7th round of peace talks between the government's Union Peace-Making Work Committee and the 16 armed ethnic groups' Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, which began at the Myanmar Peace Centre, will touch on the final eight of 104 points.

A day before resuming peace talks, Myanmar President U Thein Sein, Vice President Sai Mauk Kham and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Service Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing met separately for the first time with a special delegation of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss peace efforts in the country.

During the meeting, the KIO submitted a peace proposal to the President, reaffirming its commitment to the ongoing peace process.

The current talks, originally set for mid-January, were delayed by renewed clashes between the government forces and the KIO.-VNA