Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Is Burma's Reformist Rulers Serious About Reaching A Peace Deal With The Kachin Independence Army?

Analysis: Air Assaults Raise Doubts About Myanmar's Reformist Rulers -- New York Times/Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Unprecedented aerial attacks on ethnic Kachin rebels by Myanmar's military have raised doubts about whether the retired generals in a government hailed for its reforms have really changed their harsh old ways.

Assurances by the quasi-civilian government that it wants a peace deal with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and that the military is exercising "maximum restraint" are starting to ring hollow as jets and helicopter gunships take to the air.

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More News On Myanmar's War Against Kachin Rebels

Kachin rebels say government air and ground attacks continue in northern Myanmar -- Washington Post/AP
Fighting rages in Myanmar's Kachin State -- Myanmar Times
Myanmar’s Kachin rebels accuse government of artillery attack on headquarter city -- Washington Post/AP
Myanmar Could Sign Ceasefire With Ethnic Insurgent Groups -- NPR
Conflict a blot on Myanmar government -- Gulf News

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