Myanmar signs limited truce with rebels, but fighting persists

Myanmar has been torn by civil wars since the end of British colonial rule in 1948, with a myriad of ethnic minority armies battling for greater autonomyMyanmar on Thursday signed a ceasefire with eight ethnic minority armies in a step towards ending decades of civil war, a move weakened by the refusal of several other rebel groups to join the deal. The truce is the fruit of more than two years of negotiations and was a key goal of reformist President Thein Sein ahead of November elections, which are likely to sweep his army-backed party from power. In a lavish televised signing ceremony in the remote capital Naypyidaw, Thein Sein said the deal would give “an inheritance of peace” to future generations.

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