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US-Myanmar plan MIA search
US-Myanmar MIA search could better ties, but faces treacherous terrain, insurgency
By The Associated Press

LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) ' It's been eight years since the U.S. has been able to search for the 730 Americans missing from World War II in Myanmar. Now there's hope that some of them will be brought home.

Negotiations with senior U.S. officials began last month, following up on a visit in December by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Most of the MIAs were airmen flying some of the war's most dangerous missions as they hauled supplies to beleaguered Allied forces over snowy Himalayan ranges and boundless jungles.

Myanmar has suffered from decades of isolation and often brutal military rule. Now it is initiating some democratic reforms and appears bent on bettering ties with the United States. The MIA talks offer one of the few avenues now open toward normalization.

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