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Myanmar strikes an agreement with armed groups

The hand of a leader of an armed ethnic group is seen on a screen as he signs the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) as Myanmar's President Thein Sein (6th R), government officials, ethnic rebel groups and international witnesses sit below during the signing ceremony of the NCA in Naypyitaw, Myanmar October 15, 2015. Myanmar's government and eight armed ethnic groups signed a ceasefire agreement on Thursday, the culmination of more than two years of negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the majority of the country's long-running conflicts. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun - RTS4IZ4

London, Oct. 15 : After two years of negotiation, Myanmar Government has signed a ceasefire agreement with eight armed ethnic groups today.

However, seven of the 15 armed groups have declined to take part in the agreement over many issues including the disagreement over who should be included in the process, reported The Guardian.

The absence of seven armed groups in the deal is said to be a big blow to Myanmar President Thein Sein, as the national wide ceasefire agreement is one of his major reforms.

The Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi skipped the event.

The largest armed ethnic group, United Wa State Army is among the seven groups which have declined the agreement. The Kachin Independence Organisation which controls large areas of Kachin State in the country’s northeast have also declined the deal.

All eight rebels groups which have joined the agreement were removed from Myanmar’s unlawful associations list. (ANI)