Ethnic Armies, Myanmar Military Make Headway in Preparatory Peace Talks

The 10 ethnic armed groups that have signed a nationwide peace accord with the Myanmar government agreed in principle on Tuesday to a key military demand that they fold their militias into a single national army and to extend dialogue to ethnic armies outside the cease-fire agreement, participants said.

The unified army proposal and the scope of negotiations were among top issues discussed with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on the second day of Myanmar’s so-called tripartite summit to kick-start the country’s stalled peace process. The country’s military commander is the third party to the talks.

Leaders from the government, military, and ethnic armies are discussing obstacles to the advancement of peace talks that began in 2011 to end decades of civil war.

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