Myanmar Peace accord, holdout armies mean fighting will continue

Peace accord is approved, but holdout armies mean fighting will continue The Myanmar Parliament approved an agreement called the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) with eight ethnic armed groups on Tuesday, but it doesn’t mean the end of fighting. The largest break-away ethnic armies did not take part in the accord, which was signed by President Thein Sein in October. The key rebel armies – the Kachin Independence Army, Shan State Army and United Wa State Army – failed to sign the agreement. A key issue for the holdout factions was demands for autonomy in the resource-rich areas of northern and eastern Myanmar. Under the October 15 deal, the two sides agreed on some post-ceasefire steps, the Xinhua news agency reported. The two sides are set to draw up a political framew...
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