Myanmar's Mon Ethnic Rebels Agree On Cease-fire

Published February 2, 2012 2:49PM (EST)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A mediator says Myanmar's government has reached a cease-fire agreement with another ethnic rebel group in its latest effort to ensure political stability.

Civilian mediator Hla Maung Shwe said Thursday the agreement was reached by authorities in Mon State and the rebel New Mon State Party. He said they agreed Wednesday to allow the rebel group to open a liaison office and freely travel without weapons.

The two sides are to meet again in the third week of February for a more extensive agreement.

He said similar agreements have been reached recently with other groups representing the Karen, Shan, Chin, Wa and Kokang minorities.

The new military-backed but elected government is seeking peace with minority groups that have been fighting for autonomy for decades.

By Salon Staff

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