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Burma Opens National Cease-fire Talks With Ethnic Rebel Groups

Most of Burma's ethnic groups have opened talks with the national government on proposals to reach a countrywide cease-fire deal. The sides began two days of heated debate Monday in the northern Kachin city of Myitkyina. The leader of the armed New Mon State Party, Nai Han Thar, said the government delegation was particularly uncomfortable with a call by minority groups for the current military to be replaced with a federal army. "Regarding our proposal for establishing a federal ...

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