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Myanmar's Shan ethnic rebels sign preliminary cease-fire with government, exile media report
BANGKOK (AP) ' Exile media outlets say the Shan ethnic rebel group has signed a low-level cease-fire with the government in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy website reported the Shan State Army-South signed an agreement Friday with Myanmar's official Shan State government. The rebel group was one of the biggest not to previously sign a cease-fire with the government.
The Shan Herald Agency for News, a website close to the guerrillas, cited Shan rebel leader Yawdserk saying an agreement was reached on a cease-fire, political negotiations, development and cooperation against drugs.
The agreement comes as Myanmar's army-backed but elected government is seeking international legitimacy through democratic reforms after years of military repression.
Neither the government nor the rebel group would comment.