Shan State Army: Reuters

The agreement, which will last until 20147, followed a year of negotiations and was approved by President Thein Sein and his Cabinet on Monday, the UN agency said.

It covers a variety of areas, including transnational organised crime, anti-corruption, criminal justice, and providing alternative development for opium poppy farmers.

Since coming to power in 2011, President Thein Sein's quasi-civilian government has pushed reforms that have ended sanctions and overturned Myanmar's status as a global pariah.

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