Myanmar president holds landmark talks with rebels

Myanmar's President Thein Sein shakes hands with KNU's Ra Sein, KNU General Secretary Saipo and other members in NaypyitawMyanmar’s president had a landmark meeting on Saturday with one of the country’s biggest ethnic rebel groups, a mediator said, marking one of the biggest steps taken by a government seeking “everlasting peace” after decades of hostilities. Thein Sein, a former infantry commander and heavyweight in the junta that ceded power a year ago, told a visiting delegation of the Karen National Union (KNU) that his government viewed the rebels as brothers rather than enemy with whom the army had fought since 1949. …

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