Burma reaches deal with Kachin rebels to hold political dialogue

London, Feb 5 (ANI): The Burmese government has reached an agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels to work to end a bloody conflict.

The two sides agreed to defuse military tensions, open lines of communication, and hold another meeting before the end of February.

According to the BBC, China mediated talks in the southern Chinese town of Ruili amid ongoing fighting between the army and rebels.

The two sides also agreed to hold a political dialogue and to establish a 'monitoring system' that would allow them to implement a ceasefire, the report said.

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has fought the Burmese state for 50 years.

In recent weeks Burmese troops have captured several key rebel positions around the town of Laiza, the KIA headquarters, in northern Burma.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting, which reignited in June 2011 after a 17-year truce failed. (ANI)

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