Myanmar ethnic peace talks recess without peace agreement

YANGON: A three-day round of talks between the government and leaders of ethnic rebel groups has concluded without a sought-after ceasefire draft agreement to end decades of warring.

Hla Maung Shwe, the special adviser to the government peace negotiating team, told reporters Friday that both sides agreed to resume talks in the first week of August after further discussions among leaders of the various armed ethnic minority groups.

Pu Zing Cung, a spokesman for the ethnic rebels, says they are confident that they can finalize the ceasefire agreement in August.

Among the issues to be resolved are participation of all armed ethnic groups and which local and international representatives will witness the signing.