Myanmar extends ceasefire until end of 2022

According to a joint statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Myanmar military, the truce with ethnic armed groups would be extended until the end of 2022.

In a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of the State Administration Council and commander-in-chief of the Defense Services, announced the action. Last year, the military declared that a five-month pause of military operations will be extended from October 1, 2021 to February 28, 2019, in order to allow for more effective measures to battle Covid-19 across the country and to help the country's peace process.

Since its start in October 2015, ten ethnic armed groups have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the government. During a two-day visit to Myanmar, Hun Sen, whose country is this year's rotating chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, discussed a variety of bilateral and regional matters of mutual interest and concern with Min Aung Hlaing, according to Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn.

Myanmar proclaimed a state of emergency on February 1, 2021, after President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as other National League for Democracy officials, were imprisoned by the military.

After the declaration of the state of emergency, state power was handed to Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

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