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Redrawing Battle Lines in the Northeast Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management The Myanmar Government signed a Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) with eight ethnic armed groups on October 15, 2015, enhancing prospects of ending a majority of the country's long-running internal conflicts. President U Thein Sein hailed the signing of the Accord as a "historic" event. The signing ceremony was witnessed by international observers including representatives from India, Thailand, Japan, China, the United Nations and the European Union. Fifteen armed groups were invited to take part in negotiations that lasted almost two years, with eight groups finally agreeing to sign the NCA, while seven groups chose to stay away. Acknowledging that the ethnic Kachin and Wa - with tens of thousands of soldiers - are still determined to fight, President Thein Sein pledged to "try harder to gain agreement with other groups". 26-Oct-2015
J&K: Continuing Deceit Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management On October 5, 2015, following inputs about movement of terrorists in the Hafruda Forest near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Handwara area of Kupwara District in the preceding days, Security Forces (SFs) launched a search operation in the area. On seeing the Army personnel, the terrorists opened heavy fire, triggering an exchange that resulted in the death of four Army personnel, while the terrorists managed to escape. Reports indicate that the terrorists had infiltrated from across the border three days earlier. 13-Oct-2015
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