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BP: Karenni rebels negotiating c
- Subject: BP: Karenni rebels negotiating c
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 05:19:00
May 15, 1998
Mae Hong Son
The Karenni National Progressive Party and people from
Kayah state have entered into talks with Rangoon to negotiate a
ceasefire between Karenni rebels and Burmese troops, a Thai
border official said.
The source said six representatives of the KNPP and Kayah
state left for Rangoon on Tuesday to conduct negotiations.
The conflict over the state's independence has raged in border
areas opposite Muang and Khun Yuam districts.
The delegation led by Kayah state president Bya Rae reportedly
received a warm welcome from Burmese authorities when they
arrived in Tachilek.
According to the source, many rounds of talks between the two
parties including this one have been coordinated by an ethnic
businessman from Rangoon.
Until now, fighting between Burmese troops and Karenni rebels
has prompted more than 20,000 people from Kayah state to
seek refuge in Thailand.
The first ceasefire between the Karenni and the military in 1995
broke down after the then State Law and Order Restoration
Council reneged on the accord by sending 6,000 troops into the
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