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Myanmar launches peace talks with armed rebels

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>> Myanmar's only recently got democracy, now it wants peace too. Leader Aung San Suu Kyi bringing the military and armed rebels round to the negotiating table on Wednesday to try and end decades of bitter fighting. Reuters' Anthony Slavkovski says it's only the start of what will likely be a very long process.
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>> Representatives are planning to meet every six months to discuss the issues. Among them, the key issue of the makeup of Myanmar and the amount of power that ethnic states would wield. But also other issues such as laying down of the arms, sharing of Myanmar's mineral resources, economy, culture, language.
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All of these issues are very important for ethnic representatives.>> With its strategic location and rich natural resources, Myanmar is being courted by big powers like the U.S. and China. But experts say stability is crucial for its future development, and that won't come overnight.>> The conference has been overshadowed by a recent flare-up in fighting in Kachin State as well as the ongoing clashes in Northeastern Shan State.
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On top of that, three ethnic armed groups on the Myanmar-China border, they're not allowed to participate in the conference. The military has opposed any talks with those groups unless they agree to disarm.>> Another ethnic group that wasn't invited, the Rohingya Muslims, who aren't even legally recognized in Myanmar.
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Tens of thousands have been pushed out of their homes and are languishing in squalid camps. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon who is attending the talks, earlier spoke up on their behalf saying they deserved hope and the right to citizenship.