Ceasefire talks making progress


Ceasefire negotiations continue at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on March 20, 2015. Photo: Jastin Minn/Facebook

The fourth day of peace talks between Myanmar government negotiators and armed ethnic groups ended on a positive note on March 20 in Yangon, with the two sides reaching an agreement on troop deployment and the establishment of a joint monitoring committee, reports Radio Free Asia on March 20. 

The parties agreed on five of the seven chapters of a nationwide cease-fire agreement during their negotiations at the Myanmar Peace Centre, according to Dr Salai Lian Hmong Sakhong, a member of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team.

Government negotiators and leaders from armed ethnic groups began their six-day meeting on March 17 for the first time since talks to sign an elusive nationwide cease-fire agreement broke down in September 2014. 

The meeting began despite fighting government forces and armed ethnic troops in the Shan and Kachin states. 

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