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Myanmar peace process lurches toward next phase

New signs of cooperation among rebel groups could slow Aung San Suu Kyi's ambitions

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
Kachin Independence Army soldiers train at their headquarters in Laiza, Kachin State, in January. (Photo by Steve Tickner)

Myanmar's troubled peace negotiations with armed ethnic groups, aimed at ending 70 years of civil conflict in Myanmar, are causing problems for the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

Under a framework agreement between the government and some ethnic armed groups, talks under the Union Peace Conference are supposed to be held every six months and include about 700 delegates tasked with trying to find ways to achieve peace and reconciliation.

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