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Myanmar gov't, KIO to continue peace talks at central level: joint statement

(Xinhua)

09:30, January 20, 2012

YANGON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar government and Kachin ethnic armed group -- Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) will continue peace talks at the central level highlighting political dialogue on a later date, said a joint statement on Thursday.

The statement was issued at the end of a two-day talks at central level on Wednesday and Thursday in southwest China's border town of Ruili in Yunnan Province linking Myanmar, state radio and television reported Thursday.

Myanmar government's peace making group was led by U Aung Thaung, while KIO's was headed by Sai Ru Khan.

The two sides will endeavor for easing tension on armed clashes and for confidence building, the statement said.

The contents of the talks will be made public for knowledge, the statement added.

The talks over the last two days was a follow-up of the preliminary one initiated at state level at the same venue on Nov. 29, 2011.

The armed clashes since August 2011 have forced displacement of about 60,000 local people.

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