Myanmar rebels hold rare meet as Suu Kyi yearns for peace

Leaders of the Arakan Army gather with other rebel leaders and representatives of various Myanmar ethnic rebel groups at the opening of a four-day conference in Mai Ja Yang near the Chinese borderLeaders of Myanmar rebel armies held talks in a war-hit border town Wednesday, state media reported, as they prepare for a major peace conference with a government desperate to end insurgencies that have plagued the country. Myanmar has been racked for half a century by ethnic rebel wars in its resource-rich frontier states, leaving tens of thousands dead or displaced. Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy activist leading the country’s first civilian government, says ending the fighting is essential if Myanmar is to rise from the ashes of junta rule.

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