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Ceasefire 60year Myanmar

January 12, 2012 by staff 

Ceasefire 60year Myanmar, Myanmar’s government signed a cease-fire agreement Thursday with ethnic Karen rebels in a major step toward ending one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the West.

Myanmar’s Railway Minister and head of the government negotiation group Aung Min, left, and the Karen National Union (KNU) representative Gen. Mutu Saipo, second left, raise their glasses along with Industry Minister Soe Thein, second right, and Immigration Minister Khin Yee during a dinner at a hotel in Hpa-an, Myanmar, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The ministers visited the Karen state capital for negotiation with the major ethnic group KNU which has been fighting for more than 60 years for greater autonomy from the central government. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Karen National Union (KNU) representative Gen. Mutu Saipo, right, greets ethnic Karen people after a dinner with Myanmar’s government ministers at a hotel in Hpa-an, Myanmar, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The ministers visited the Karen state capital for negotiation with the major ethnic group KNU which has been fighting for more than 60 years for greater autonomy from the central government. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

CORRECTS SPELLING OF KAREN CAPITAL, SLUG TO CONFORM WITH STORY – Myanmar’s Railway Minister and head of the government negotiation group Aung Min, left, and the Karen National Union (KNU) representative Gen. Mutu Saipo, second left, raise their glasses along with Industry Minister Soe Thein, second right, and Immigration Minister Khin Yee during a dinner at a hotel in Pa-an, Myanmar, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The ministers visited the Karen state capital for negotiation with the major ethnic group KNU which has been fighting for more than 60 years for greater autonomy from the central government.

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