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Hope for Myanmar ceasefire

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YANGON - Myanmar's minister in charge of peace negotiations with the country's ethnic insurgent groups expressed optimism on Tuesday that a ceasefire could be signed soon. 

Representatives of 18 ethnic rebel groups met with Aung Min, minister to the president's office, in Myitkyina on Monday and Tuesday to present their draft for a nationwide ceasefire, which they had hashed out among themselves the previous week.

"I think the government can accept almost all the points that the ethnic armed groups submitted because their draft is not too different from the government's proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement," Aung Min said in a telephone interview.

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