Beijing denies peace talks report

13 October 2015
Beijing denies peace talks report
Min Zaw Oo, a senior official of the Myanmar Peace Centre. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

China on Sunday denied a Reuters' report accusing the country of derailing a nationwide cease-fire deal in Myanmar's peace talks with ethnic rebels last week, reported on 12 October.
According to Thursday's report, Min Zaw Oo, a senior official at the Myanmar Peace Centre, which coordinates talks between armed ethnic groups and the Government, told Reuters that China's special envoy pressed two key rebel groups not to sign the peace accord.
The report said that after China intervened, only eight of the 15 groups that were invited by the government committed to the agreement. Some of the other groups are headed by ethnic Chinese commanders, and had received funding and other forms of support from China in the past.
However, the Chinese embassy in Myanmar told the Global Times Sunday that Min Zaw Oo denies having made the statement, saying that China has been playing a positive role in Myanmar's peace talks.