Myanmar’s Suu Kyi holds landmark talks with rebel leaders

July 17, 2016 6:51 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Myanmar’s de facto premier Aung San Suu Kyi held landmark talks with senior rebel leaders on Sunday, as she strives to seal a ceasefire with a patchwork of ethnic minority militias that have battled the national army for decades.

Aung San Suu Kyi Myanmar's State Counselor attends a meeting with the United Nationalities Federal Council leaders in Yangon Sunday
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor, attends a meeting with the United Nationalities Federal Council leaders in Yangon Sunday

Suu Kyi has made peace a flagship policy of her newly installed civilian-led government which replaced decades of brutal junta rule earlier this year.

It is a tall order in a country where the military, which is loathed and deeply distrusted by many ethnic rebel groups, still retains significant control.

A number of key rebel factions have yet to sign up to a national ceasefire agreement, something Suu Kyi’s government hopes Sunday’s talks might change. Read More

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