Myanmar signs deal with Wa rebels

July 14, 2013 10:29 pm | Updated 10:29 pm IST - YANGON:

Myanmar’s government has signed a five-point agreement with the Wa rebel group to build mutual trust in an effort to defuse recent tensions between the armies from the two sides, state-run media reported on Saturday.

The Kyemon daily said agreement signed on Friday includes clauses calling for prompt meetings between the two armies whenever military issues arise and committing the rebel United Wa State Army not to secede.

The Wa, in the country’s north, are believed to have the biggest of the ethnic guerrilla armies, with as many as 30,000 men.They had reached a peace agreement with Myanmar’s former military regime in 1989, which allowed them to exercise a measure of autonomy even maintain a powerful armed force.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.