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Myanmar gov't invites KIO to resume peace talks

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-1-20 11:17:56

Central Peace-Making Work Committee of the Myanmar government has invited the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the mother organization of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), to resume peace talks, official media reported Sunday.

The letter of invitation for the talks was sent to KIO Chairman U Zaung Haya on Saturday.

The peace offer came after the Lower House of the parliament was proposed on Jan. 11 to publicize the electronic online negotiation in a transparent manner while both sides find it difficult to enter negotiation at table for ongoing armed conflicts in Kachin state.

Subsequently, the Lower House approved on Friday another important proposal urging the government forces and the KIA to immediately stop fighting in the Kachin state and hold peace talks at once for the realization of domestic peace.

As a follow-up on Friday, Myanmar government announced unilateral ceasefire with the KIA, saying that the government troops will stop military offensive against the area of Lajayan starting Saturday (Jan 19) at 06:00 am (local time).

The government forces will strictly follow the directives of the President by not opening fire on the other side except for self-defense, the announcement said, adding that KIA commander was urged to stop their forces from attacking the government forces to reduce tension.

However, the KIA's attack on government outposts kept on over the last two days after the government announcement as reported.

The government claimed that it has negotiated with the KIA for 11 times and the last talks took place in vain on October 30, 2012 with the absence of military leaders from the KIA side to discuss important issues.

The government said that after the failure of the last peace talks, the KIA stepped up attacks on government forces which in return launched air strike against the KIA in the beginning of this year at point-771 hill.
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