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Kayah rebels to lay down their arms

October 13, 1997

Kayah rebels to lay down their arms
Move follows truce talks with Slorc
Mae Hong Son

The Kayah minority rebels under the anti-Rangoon Karenni National Progressive 
Party (KNPP) may agree to lay down their weapons following truce talks with 
representatives of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, a source said.
The source said signs of success were seen during the October 9 meeting in Mae 
Hong Son town between Aung Mya, a Kachin businessman, another Slorc 
representative who came from Rangoon and KNPP leaders including Kayah 
"premier" Aung Ta Le, KNPP secretary-general Le Mon Thu and commander Brig Gen 
Bee Thu.
The two sides agreed to hold more talks. The Slorc agreed to KNPP's conditions 
that the talks be held in Thailand or any other third country and the Kayah 
minority rebels would not lay down arms during the talks.
It was believed the two sides would be able to reach a peace settlement by the 
end of this year, the source said.