Myanmar Military Declares 4-Month Ceasefire in Shan, Kachin Conflict Zones

Myanmar Military on Friday declared a unilateral four-month ceasefire in Kachin and Shan States, the northern and eastern regions of the country that been under military conflict for much of the country’s 70 years of independence from Britain.The move is the first truce ever initiated by the powerful military, which is known as the Tatmadaw, and is aimed at breathing life into a shaky peace process by enticing separatist ethnic armies to join talks with the central government, a key policy goal of national leader Aung San Suu Kyi.“The Tatmadaw (military) will cease all military operations in each command from Dec. 21 to April 30,” in order to allow negotiations with ethnic armed groups, according to the statement issued by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief on Friday, after Army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met the Press Council.


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