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Myanmar's Upper House agrees to debate proposal to end fighting in Rakhine state
Tuesday May 3, 2016 11:54 PM, IINA

Myanmar's Upper House has agreed to debate on a motion to end fighting in the country's western Rakhine state between the military and the ethnic Arakan Army (AA), Xinhua reported on Tuesday quoting parliament sources as saying.

The motion, which was approved in the House Monday, also called for bringing the AA into political dialogue.

A military-appointed member of parliament suggested that talks with the AA should be conducted in accordance with the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA). There have been armed clashes between the military and the AA since the end of last year, especially in Kyauktaw, Rakhine state.

The AA is among those remaining groups not included in the NCA deal signed between the government and eight ethnic armed groups in October last year.

At a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) for Ceasefire, held after the new government took office on April 1, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi called for continued peace process already initiated by the previous U Thein Sein's government, saying that work on bringing those deemed appropriate for inclusion in the ceasefire efforts, should be done simultaneously.


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