Burma: Rebels claim army ignoring ceasefire

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Ethnic Kachin rebels said clashes in the north continued yesterday despite a government promise to cease fire, casting doubt on hopes that the bloody conflict there could end soon.

The military said on Friday it would stop attacks against rebels around the town of Lajayang, near Burma’s north-east border with China, starting yesterday because it had achieved its goal of relieving an army outpost there that had been surrounded by insurgents.