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Burma would like ceasefire, but KIO calls for political talks

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No political dialogue has occurred during the 17-year ceasefire period and the KIO were intimidated to remove weapons and transform into the Burmese Army-controlled Border Guard Force (BGF) before the November 7 election in 2010.

The KIO cast off the BGF plan, saying it cannot accept transformation of its armed wing.

Talks between the KIO and the Burmese government were also aborted in 1963, 1972, and 1980 respectively; though, they all failed to get to the bottom of the political standoff between the two sides.

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Zin Linn was born on February 9, 1946 in a small town in Mandalay Division. He began writing poems in 1960 and received a B.A (Philosophy) in 1976. He became an activist in the High School Union after the students' massacre on 7th July 1962. (more...)

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