Myanmar President Thein Sein, center, arrives to attend the signing ceremony of "Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement" at Myanmar International Convention Center Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
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Fighting has flared in areas of Myanmar controlled by ethnic rebels who refused to sign a ceasefire, raising fears the army is pressuring groups that did not join in what was supposed to be a crowning achievement of President Thein Sein's five-year term.The army clashed with the Shan State Army-North, one of the ethnic armed groups that did not sign the deal, 37 times between October 6 and 19, military-run newspaper Myawady said this week.Nambiar said the U.N. recognized the concerns of the non-signatories and that they should be sorted out peacefully. He said he believed the ceasefire had a "historic potential" to bring lasting peace to the country.
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