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Karen National Union Committed To Peace Talks - 2003-12-23


A leader of Burma's largest guerilla group says peace talks with the country's military government will resume soon in the capital, Rangoon.

Bo Mya of the Karen National Union made the announcement Tuesday to a group of about two-thousand villagers and guerillas at a rebel base near the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

The Karens, a minority in Burma, have been fighting for an autonomous state for more than five decades. Bo Mya said the peace negotiations could last for two years.

Burma has been plagued by ethnic insurgencies since gaining independence in 1948. However, the military government has reached cease-fire agreements with more than a dozen rebel groups over the past 15 years.

Only a handful of groups, including the KNU, are still fighting Rangoon's rule.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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