Reports: Myanmar's Shan rebels sign cease-fire

By the Associated Press | December 2, 2011 | 8:35 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Exile media outlets say the Shan ethnic rebel group has signed a low-level cease-fire with the government in Myanmar.

The Irrawaddy website reported the Shan State Army-South signed an agreement Friday with Myanmar's official Shan State government. The rebel group was one of the biggest not to previously sign a cease-fire with the government.

The Shan Herald Agency for News, a website close to the guerrillas, cited Shan rebel leader Yawdserk saying an agreement was reached on a cease-fire, political negotiations, development and cooperation against drugs.

The agreement comes as Myanmar's army-backed but elected government is seeking international legitimacy through democratic reforms after years of military repression.

Neither the government nor the rebel group would comment.