Friday, December 2, 2011

Shan State Army signs cease-fire agreement

Friday, 02 December 2011 14:50 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – The Burmese government and the Shan State Army (South) signed a cease-fire agreement on Friday, ending the conflict between the two sides and signaling a return to normal relations in the state. The agreement was signed in Taunggyi.

Ending ethnic armed conflicts was one of the requirements U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid down in her meetings with government officials in order to receive U.S. aid and establish better relations. The other conditions were a release of all political prisoners and an end to all ethnic conflicts, in order to agree to lift U.S. economic sanctions. Clinton’s three-day visit to Burma ended on Friday.

Burmese government and Shan State Army (South) representatives in Taunggyi Township on Friday, December 2, 2011, after a cease-fire agreement was reached, ending hostilities. The government is also engaged in separate peace talks with the Kachin Independence Organization. Photo: Mizzima

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