Myanmar government, rebels agree draft nationwide ceasefire accord

March 31, 2015 3:35 AM

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Myanmar government, rebels agree draft nationwide ceasefire accord

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed on Monday on the draft of a nationwide ceasefire that if ratified and respected would mark significant progress toward ending over 65 years of armed conflict in the country.

Myanmar's semi-civilian government, which took power in 2011 after 49 years of military rule, has made ending hostilities with the many groups that have taken up arms since independence in 1948 one of its priorities.

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