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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to hold major peace summit with ethnic rebels | Reuters

By Shwe Yee Saw Myint and Aung Hla Tun

NAYPYITAW/YANGON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is launching a major push to end decades of fighting between rebels and the military, with many of the country’s myriad armed groups gathering for a peace conference in the capital Naypyitaw.

Rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) patrol near a military base in Kokang region, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) patrol near a military base in Kokang region, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Suu Kyi has made the peace process a priority for her administration, which faces sky-high expectations at home and abroad after sweeping to power in an election last November to end more than half a century of military-backed rule.

Few concrete proposals are to emerge this week, with delegates expecting to meet every six months to tackle issues ranging from security, political representation and culture to sharing the fruits of the country’s mineral riches.

But the fact that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi has been able to bring the vast majority of the rebels to the negotiating table only five months after taking power is a sign of progress, experts say.

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