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Burma’s Parliament calls for peace in Kachin State

Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approved by a voice vote on Friday a motion calling for a ceasefire in hostilities between government forces and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).

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"To implement the peace process, the proposal was approved to urge the responsible organizations and the government to start peace dialogue as soon as possible after immediately stopping the fighting between the KIO/KIA and government troops,” said Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann, a former military general.

The motion was put forward on Friday by MP Doi Bu of Injangiang Township in Kachin State. It was the second time in as many weeks that such a motion had been tabled following a similar request by Myitkyina MP Thein Zaw of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party last week.

According to the Lower House’s official website, the motion says that the Lower House urges “the relevant organization” [the KIO] and the government to immediately stop fighting in Kachin State and to start negotiations as soon as possible to establish peace.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:12 )  

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