Myanmar reiterates building last peace with all nationalities

2013-01-26 08:25:54 GMT2013-01-26 16:25:54(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The Myanmar government has refuted the claim that it launched the offensive in the northern state of Kachin, and reiterated it will join hands with all nationalities including the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)/Kachin Independence Army (KIA) to build peace and national reconsolidation, official media reported on Saturday.

The Myanmar foreign ministry said on Friday that the press release issued by the U.S. embassy a day earlier could cause misunderstanding in the international community as it cited sources from some media and NGOs and gave the impression that it was only the Myanmar government and armed forces that launched the armed conflicts in Kachin.

The government has been issuing press releases from time to time on every account of the events, in order to provide true information to the public, the ministry said in a press release.

Myanmar strongly objected the usage of the words "Burma", " Burmese Government" and "Burmese Military" in the U.S. embassy's press release instead of the names recognized by the United Nations and the whole international community, it said, quoted by the official daily New Light of Myanmar on Saturday.

According to the report, the Myanmar government announced on Jan. 18 a unilateral ceasefire with the KIA to prepare for a political dialogue, saying that government troops will stop military offensive in the Lajayan area of Kachin state starting Jan. 19 at 06:00 a.m. (local time).

On Jan. 19, the government's Central Peace-Making Work Committee invited the KIO to resume peace talks and a letter of invitation for the talks was sent to KIO Chairman U Zaung Haya.

The KIO demanded that the military operations by government forces in all areas of Kachin state be reduced besides Lajayan.

In its latest reply, the KIO said it is impossible to hold talks separately with the government's peace-making group and it must have the Union National Federal Council which comprises KIO as a member, according to an earlier report.

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