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Myanmar says nationwide cease-fire with ethnic armed groups to be signed soon
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:19 PM EDT
Myanmar says it expects to soon sign a nationwide cease-fire with ethnic armed groups that have been fighting for decades for greater autonomy.
Ethnic rebellions have dogged Myanmar's modern history, but fighting has subsided — although not ended — under the reformist government that replaced a repressive junta in 2011.
The minister says there is "no turning back" on path toward democracy. He is promising "zero tolerance" of ethnic hatred — a response to explosions of Buddhist-Muslim unrest in the past year.
He said Myanmar would not allow anyone to exploit political openness to instigate communal violence.