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Burma, Kachin Reach Tentative Cease-Fire

Burma's government and ethnic Kachin rebels have reached a tentative cease-fire aimed at ending two years of fighting that has displaced nearly 100,000 people.

Under the agreement, reached Thursday after three days of talks, fighting will stop and further talks will be held on Kachin demands for more political rights and greater autonomy.

The United Nations released a statement expressing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's hopes that the agreement will allow the two sides to address the concerns and needs of the people of Kachin State.



The Kachin are Burma's only major ethnic group that has not signed a cease-fire agreement since the reformist government of president Thein Sein came to power in 2011.

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