Myanmar's president meets Karen rebel leaders

Published April 7, 2012 1:00PM (EDT)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president has met with leaders of the Karen rebel movement in the latest sign of the government's determination to end one of the world's longest-running insurgencies.

Saturday's meeting between Thein Sein and leaders of the Karen National Union came a day after a government delegation agreed to firm up an earlier cease-fire while negotiating a more comprehensive plan.

A senior official said Karen leaders were flown to the capital Naypyitaw for the meeting, described as informal and friendly. The official gave no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thein Sein is seeking cease-fires with ethnic rebel groups as part of the political reforms started last year after decades of repression under military rule.

By Salon Staff

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