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Burmese Rebels Surrender Weapons to Military Government


Burmese state media report that members of an ethnic rebel group have surrendered their weapons to the military government.

Reports from Rangoon say a 325-member unit of the Shan State National Army-SSNA handed over weapons, ammunition and land mines today-Saturday at a ceremony in the the northern state's Lashio township. The brigade was the second group
of rebels from the SSNA to turn over weapons in just over a month.

The rebel group reached a peace agreement with the government in 1995, but was allowed to keep weapons for self-defense.

Since seizing power in 1988, Burma's military government has reached ceasefire agreements with 17 major ethnic rebel groups. Several of those have surrendered to government forces.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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