Myanmar holds historic peace talks with ethnic groups

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) " Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar's ethnic tribes have gathered in the country's capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives.

The delegates, dressed in traditional garb and headgears, streamed Wednesday into a conference hall in Naypyitaw for the five-day talks called by the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Although her title is state counsellor she is seen as the real leader.

Suu Kyi, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the head of armed forces Gen. Min Aung Hlaing are scheduled to give speeches at the opening of the talks.

Conference facilitator Khun Than Myint says "all our people around the country want peace. So I do believe we will be successful in getting it."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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