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Myanmar gov't, Wa armed group agree on further cooperation

(Xinhua)

08:35, December 29, 2011

YANGON, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's central government and the Wa ethnic armed group, based in Wa Special Region-2 in northeastern Shan state, have agreed on further cooperation, state radio reported Wednesday.

In their second round of peace talks between the central government's peace making group, led by U Aung Thaung, and that of the Wa group, led by its chairman U Pauk Yu Chang, held in Pansan, Shan state Monday, the two sides agreed to continue discussing on Wa representatives' participation in parliamentary affairs under a six-point agreement signed after the talks.

The agreement also includes increased cooperation between the central government and the Wa group in defense and security.

The others covered by the agreement include long- and short- term aid to be rendered by the government for the socio-economic development, human resources development and health and education development in the Wa region.

The two sides initiated the first peace talks in Lashio, northern Shan state, in October, during which an agreement on reopening the offices of education, health and communication from both sides, cooperating with the government in drug elimination, promoting the development of border areas and undertaking basic economic needs of both sides had been signed.

Shan State (North) Special Region-2 was the area where the United Wa State Army (UWSA), led by U Pauk Yu Chang, was resettled after it returned to the legal fold in May 1989.

The armed group was among the five peace groups that turned down the central government's transformation into border guard forces under its command.

Myanmar's central government, in its peace efforts, issued an announcement on Aug. 18, calling on anti-government ethnic armed groups to come for peace talks to end internal armed insurrection and build internal peace in the country.

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