Myanmar’s junta government and a coalition of ethnic rebel groups have agreed to a ceasefire as part of China-brokered peace talks.
The news media Al Jazeera confirmed this information by quoting Mao Ning, spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mao said, China hopes that the opposing sides will solve the problems based on mutual discussion.
The two sides held talks last Wednesday and Thursday in the Chinese city of Kunming. Mao said they also promised not to harm residents near the Chinese border.
The Myanmar military, which overthrew a democratic government nearly three years ago, has been fighting an alliance of the country’s minority ethnic rebels. As the intensity of the ongoing conflict escalated since last October, the violence on the border with China in the north of the country increased.
The Myanmar Army confirmed the temporary ceasefire. Army spokesman Jae Min Tun told reporters that there is a plan to extend the ceasefire through negotiations. We will continue to negotiate with the country to open the border gates of China.
A leader of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), one of the rebel groups, also spoke about the ceasefire agreement.
After the military coup, northern Shan Province became the biggest battleground. The issue is also a concern for China due to the disruption of border trade and the migrant crisis.
The UN fears that thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the conflict. Some of them crossed the border and took refuge in China.
Myanmar has been in crisis ever since the ouster of democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021. The army’s deadly crackdown on non-violent anti-coup movements sparked armed protests in the country.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), 25,730 people have been arrested for opposing the military coup. 20,000 of them are still detained.