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    Burma President Meets with Karen Rebels

    Burma's President Thein Sein (L) shakes hands with representatives from the Karen National Union (KNU), including KNU General Secretary Naw Si Pho Ra Sein (2nd L, in purple) and KNU General Mutu Saipo (C), in Thein Sein's private farm house in Naypyitaw,
    Burma's President Thein Sein (L) shakes hands with representatives from the Karen National Union (KNU), including KNU General Secretary Naw Si Pho Ra Sein (2nd L, in purple) and KNU General Mutu Saipo (C), in Thein Sein's private farm house in Naypyitaw,

    Officials say Burmese President Thein Sein met Saturday with members of a peace delegation from the rebel Karen National Union.

    The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, was the first time the president had talked with rebel leaders since he issued a call for dialogue last August.

    The KNU delegation has been in Rangoon for peace talks with government representatives over the past few days, but some of the delegates were flown to the administrative capital of Naypytaw Saturday for the talks.

    On Friday, the KNU and government delegates met in Rangoon and signed a 13-point agreement on how to move a peace process forward.

    The KNU's armed wing has been waging war against Burmese authorities since 1949.  Western nations have demanded peace with rebel groups as a condition for easing political and economic sanctions against the Southeast Asian country.

    Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Jacques
    April 07, 2012 5:34 PM
    You know if the situation is that Burma must satisfy, make peace as a condition State should jump at the oportunity and offer to arbitrate, as an" umpire" that way the whole process could be fast tracked. After all the US as I understand it still has credibility with the nations that can expedite the lifting of sanctions.

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