Two Armed Ethnic Groups Sign a Ceasefire in Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greets ethnic representatives during a Union Day reception in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday. – Photo AFP

YANGON – Two ethnic armed groups in Myanmar signed a ceasefire with the government on Tuesday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict.

Ending near-perpetual civil war has been Suu Kyi’s stated top priority, but the Buddhist-majority country has seen the worst fighting with rebels in years since she took office almost two years ago.

The peace process, which has been eclipsed in media coverage by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh from violence in the northwest, is key to unlocking the resource-rich country’s potential and guaranteeing development for its more than 50 million people.

New Mon State Party and the Lahu Democratic Union signed the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) after meeting Suu Kyi…

Original published: 2018-02-13 20:25:52 Read the full Bangkok News here


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