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Burma, Karen Rebels Hopeful As Peace Talks Resume


Cease-fire talks between ethnic Karen rebels and Burma's ruling generals have resumed, and both sides appear hopeful that an agreement can be reached.

A 13-member delegation from the Karen National Union, or KNU, journeyed to the eastern Burmese city of Moulmein for several days of informal talks.

A spokesman for the delegation declined to give details about the government's proposals, saying he would report them only to KNU leaders.

The talks had been suspended since last October when General Khin Nyunt was forced to step down as Burma's prime minister.

General Nyunt had been responsible for negotiating truces with more than a dozen ethnic rebel groups.

The KNU is the only major rebel group not to have concluded a cease-fire with Burma's military junta.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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