Myanmar on Thursday reached a preliminary ceasefire deal with ethnic minority Kachin rebels, the last major armed group to agree to stop fighting after decades of civil war.

Meeting on home soil — in the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina — for the first time since the conflict flared again in 2011, Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government representatives signed a seven-point plan including a vow to halt hostilities that have displaced tens of thousands of people, Min Zaw Oo, a director of the EU-funded Myanmar Peace Centre who took part in the negotiations, told AFP.

Representatives of the KIA and President Thein Sein’s reformist government held three days of talks in Myitkyina.

While the KIA is the last major rebel army to agree to stop fighting, skirmishes occasionally break out on the ground between the government and other groups. Mr. Min Zaw Oo said Thursday’s deal was “more comprehensive” than some of the deals signed with Myanmar’s other rebel groups. — AFP