8 ethnic rebel armies sign cease-fire pact with Myanmar government; major groups stay away

October 15, 2015 4:20 AM

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NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – Myanmar's government has signed a cease-fire agreement with eight ethnic rebel armies but the more powerful groups have refused to come on board.

The agreement was signed Thursday at a ceremony in Myanmar's administrative capital. The refusal of the larger groups to sign it robs President Thein Sein of what he had hoped would be the crowning achievement of his five-year term.

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