Myanmar Government Eyes Political Talks with Rebel Groups in April


The Myanmar government plans to hold a dialogue with ethnic rebel groups in April next year in a bid to seek an enduring political settlement to decades of armed conflict, a minister in President Thein Sein’s office said Monday.

The political dialogue will be held possibly after the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement that could be finalized in talks next month.

“The ethnic groups are asking for political dialogue, so we will have it started,” Minister Aung Min, the chief government negotiator in peace talks with the ethnic groups, told RFA’s Myanmar Service.

“I would like to start the political dialogue in April 2014 because we only have a one year period [before the 2015 elections].”

Aung Min explained that the peace process with rebel groups is “just beginning” and that the two sides would seek to lay down the foundation for a nationwide ceasefire agreement next month during a new round of talks in the Kayin (Karen) state capital, Hpa-An…(…)

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