More armed group in Myanmar signs peace agreement

Updated: 2011-11-05 13:39


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YANGON - One more Kayin ethnic armed group, the Kaloh Htoo Baw armed group, has signed an initial peace agreement with the peace-making group of the Kayin state government to pave way for talks with the central government, according to official media Saturday.

The Kaloh Htoo Baw armed group was former Democratic Kayin Buddhist Army (DKBA).

The five-point peace agreement was endorsed in Hpa-an of the state Thursday by U Saw Mu Shay, deputy leader of the Kaloh Htoo Baw armed group, and Colonel Aung Lwin, Minister of Security and Border Affairs of Kayin State Government and leader of the Kayin State Peace-Making Group, after discussion were held between them, said the New Light of Myanmar.

The five-point peace agreement covers ceasefire in Kayin state as of November 6, temporary settlement of Kaloh Htoo Baw armed group at the environs of Sonseemyaing, opening of temporary liaison office of the armed group at Myawaddy for further talks during the ceasefire, bilateral coordination be made in advance for traveling carrying arms beyond the areas except the areas under bilateral agreement during the ceasefire, and holding further talks on peace and stability in the region, development, settlement and livelihood of armed group members and ensuring eternal peace between central-level peace making group and senior level peace making persons of Kaloh Htoo Baw armed group, led by Major-General Saw Lar Pwe at a place and time acceptable to both sides.

Myanmar's central government had initiated first peace agreements with two armed groups based in Wa Special Region-2 and Mongla Special Region-4 respectively in early October.

The government, in its peace efforts, issued an announcement on August 18, calling on anti-government ethnic armed groups to come for peace talks to end internal armed insurrection and build internal peace in the country.