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Myanmar reaffirms peace talks with Kachin rebels
ANGKOK - Burma has reaffirmed a new round of peaceful negotiations with Kachin insurgents led by another rebel group, the United Wa State Army. They have a strong relationship with China, which has voiced its concerns about frontier-stabilisation. Burma's president spokesperson Ye Htutu endorsed the VOA peacemaking discussions on Thursday after Kachin insurgents approved that they could take place in Panghsang in East Shen State.
This is the United Wa State Army headquarter, Burma's biggest ethnical group of rebels, with strong links to neighbouring China, and Ye Htut says they have taken up the Wa's bid to negotiate between the regime and the Kachin Independence Organization. Says they're still debating a date for the interviews.
"We' ve already made it clear that we are prepared to get together when and where the KIO will hold the Congregations. When the Wa volunteered, we agreed," he said. "17 years of truce between the KIO's Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese government collapsed after collisions in 2011.
In December, the clash between troops and insurgents in the north of Kachin state intensified.Burmese fighter jets and choppers hit areas around La Ja Yang and KIO HQ in Laiza on the China border.several grenades crashed along the frontier and on China's territory.
Aung Myint says the administration took her bid to entertain the conversations a few nights ago, but waited for the KIA arrangement that came Tuesday. U Aung Myint says that both sides support a Wa-Territorium summit because it is secure and they know each other well.In 1989, the Wa were the biggest of several ethnically based gunmen to support Beijing directly after the dissolution of the Burmese Communist Party.
In 1989, Burma undersigned a cease-fire with the Wa, which was respected despite incidental tension, and enabled them to become the biggest drug trafficker in the area, with a guide on the United States' Most Wanted register.
Safety experts say the Wa have been closely monitoring the Kachin government dispute and using China's help to build a greater deterrence: The Chinese embassy in Rangoon is denying that Beijing has made any arms-transfer.
KIO wants to debate the delicate question of independence, while the administration wants a truce: The last round of peacemaking discussions was held in October in the frontier city of Ruili, China, but the KIA has not sent a commanding officer with decision-making authority.Ye Htut says the collapse of the dialog has resulted in the new conflicts.
"On October 30, we sent Lieutenant General Myint Soe, who controls the Kachin in North Shan State. "Ye Htut says it is important that the KIA send high-level officials to this round of discussions so that genuine advances can be made, as a KIA spokesman has not been available since the intensification of the struggles.