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Myanmar gov't, Mongla armed group sign six-point peace agreement

(Xinhua)

08:51, December 30, 2011

YAGNON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's central government and the Mongla armed group based in Shan State (East) Special Region-4, have signed a six-point agreement in their second round of peace talks held in Mongla, state radio reported Thursday.

The central government's peace making group was led by U Aung Thaung, while that of the Mongla group was headed by U Sai Lin.

The two sides agreed to go on coordinating on Mongla representatives' participation in parliamentary affairs under the agreement signed on Tuesday.

The agreement also includes increased cooperation between the central government and the Mongla group in defense and security with the Mongla group assuring not to secede from the union.

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 Mongla region.

The two sides initiated the first peace talks in Kengtung, eastern Shan state, in October, during which an initial 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.

On Monday, the central government and Wa armed group in Shan State (North) Special Region-2 signed a similar agreement in their second round of talks in Pansan, Shan state.

Shan State (East) Special Region-4 (Mongla) was the area where the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), led by U Sai Lin, was resettled in June 1989, while Shan State (North) Special Region-2 was the area where the United Wa State Army (UWSA), led by U Pauk Yu Chang, was relocated in May 1989 after the two groups returned to the legal fold.

Both of the armed group were 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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