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Myanmar Rebel Alliance reaches ceasefire with ruling military

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(Reuters) – An alliance of ethnic minority armies in northern Myanmar has agreed a ceasefire with the ruling military, the leader of one of the groups, the TNLA, said on Friday , adding that the talks involved an envoy from neighboring China.

The army, which overthrew an elected government in 2021, has been battling rebels fighting to end its control over their regions since late October, with intense violence along the northern border with China.

The joint offensive posed the biggest battlefield challenge to the military since the coup and sparked concerns in China over the prospect of disrupted border trade and an influx of refugees .

In talks facilitated by Chinese envoy Deng Xi Jin, the Three Brotherhood Alliance agreed to “cease fire without advancing further”, the TNLA leader, who declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of the talks.

“On the (alliance) side, the agreement is to refrain from any offensive attacks against enemy camps or cities. On the military side, the agreement is to not engage in attacks through airstrikes, bombings or heavy weapons.”

The Myanmar junta was not immediately available for confirmation.

The alliance’s two other groups, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA), did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the talks.

(Reporting by Reuters staff; writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; editing by Martin Petty)

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