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Myanmar government,Kachin ethnic armed group to hold peace talks

(Xinhua)

09:30, January 18, 2012

YANGON, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Kachin Independence Organization ( KIO), a Myanmar ethnic armed group, will hold peace talks with the government at central level in the coming days in China's border town of Ruili, KIO said in a statement released Tuesday.

The talks will be a follow-up of a previous one initiated at state level at the same venue last November.

Peace will be gained through political dialogue, while armed clashes since August 2011 have forced displacement of about 60, 000 local people, the statement said.

In the last talks, U Aung Thaung, U Thein Zaw and Minister of Rail Transportation U Aung Min were at the head of the government delegation, while KIO delegation was led by its chairman U Zaung Hara.

Myanmar government's peace-making group at the central-level has vowed to make every effort to achieve peace with the country's ethnic armed groups.

"In making coordination and negotiation, there are no restrictions on both sides and measures are being taken in all possible ways to achieve success," said leaders of the central- level peace making group of the government.

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