BRIEF - Ethnic leaders meet in Laiza for ceasefire talks

Members of Burma’s Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), a bloc of ethnic leaders undertaking peace negotiations with the central government, convened in Laiza, Kachin State on Thursday to discuss their next steps towards ending the country’s six decades of civil war. The 16-member alliance created a new leading committee of elected representatives to serve as delegates and decision-makers as negotiations become more precise. The NCCT will spend the coming days discussing the latest draft of a nationwide ceasefire agreement, which the government aims to achieve by the end of this year.